Heidi Swart

Heidi Swart is an independent investigative journalist. Since starting her reporting career in 2010, she has written for various national publications.

Activist murder reveals Joburg street cameras are “turned off”

CCTV footage from the day an Ethiopian activist was gunned down in Johannesburg appears to not exist

Outa governance is ‘out of line’

Duvenage’s spending on donations and advertising without consulting his board has caused a parade of execs to leave the anti-corruption watchdog

Say nothing – the spooks are listening

Despite the law, mass surveillance is happening in South Africa. And the government is likely using it illegally.

How cops and crooks can ‘grab’ your cellphone – and you

There are no clear answers about the legality of invasive surveillance gizmos.

Big Brother is listening – on your phone

We explore the capacity of the government to spy on the communications of individuals’ cellphones, landline phones and internet activities.

Violence in the villages: The quiet scourge of rural rape

Rape in rural areas is feared to be dramatically under-reported. We headed to villages in Mpumalanga, Limpopo and the Free State to find out why.

Will Anene Booysen’s brutal rape and murder shake the nation into action?

While India raged, South Africa's response to Anene's rape has been muted by comparison. Why? This is the first of a five-part series on rape.

Rural idyll belies life of silent suffering

Mtobeli Elson Vapi is only 52 and treading lightly is about as much activity as his body can handle.

Silent killer lurks in miners’ lungs

Silicosis might appear only 15 years after exposure to gold ore dust, long after they have gone home. Heidi Swart reports.

Class action for silicosis payout tarnishes gold industry

As the case against Anglo American SA in the UK unfolds, local lawyers are calling for the setting up of a compensation fund.

Lonmin faces community showdown

The Bapo Ba Mogale community claims that the mining giant Lonmin has fudged its profits and owes them millions in royalties, writes Heidi Swart.

Bapo community wants Lonmin rights back

The community that owns the land mined by Lonmin is planning an application to cancel mining rights of the world's third-largest platinum producer.

Press Releases

Corporates: A force for good for a sustainable future

In order to see people and nature thrive what is required is a strong focus on partnerships – we cannot act alone anymore

Combatting wildlife crime in Southern Africa activity annual programme statement (APS) No. 04

Concept papers are sought for implementating activities, for a multi-faceted programme that aims to reduce poaching and illegal trade in wildlife

The financial decisions made during your life journey, and their impact on your retirement outcome

The longer you save towards retirement the larger your retirement savings are expected to be due to the effect of compounding interest

In conversation with SA Reserve Bank Governer, Lesetja Kganyago

'Make interest rates zero and inflation goes up and then people save less – we need savings to fund investment in this country'

Secure your business from cyber threats

Many business-grade security systems now have built-in learning systems and AI to help businesses stay up to date with protection

Mental Health

During the pandemic there's been a dramatic increase in depression, anxiety and suicides, according to some of the surveys done

Expert financial advice still recommended – especially in uncertain times

A financial advisor is an expert who will help you to protect your wealth and make a realistic plan when unexpected events threaten your wellbeing

What is a virtual card, and how does it work?

A virtual card lets you pay online without ever having to take your card from your wallet or exposing your actual account information

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