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

Balwin properties and Absa launch South Africa’s first green home loan

Balwin Properties’ Edge registration of over 16 000 units was a global first, covering more homes than any single property developer in the world to date

Young professional gets a career boost from PSETA

SAICA makes ongoing efforts to encourage the professionalisation of financial offices in private and public sector organisations

Colgate-Palmolive South Africa donates one million bars of soap

The combination of limited access to quality soap and a lack of knowledge of how to properly wash hands is a challenge in many vulnerable communities

Cheque value bundles – real value

Most people do not pay much attention to what bank account they have and whether or not it is suited to their daily realities

Absa Rewards puts cash in your pocket

In addition to the cash benefits, you will receive special offers and exclusive deals from selected Absa Rewards partners

Municipal audit outcomes reveal public sector financial management must be professionalised

SAICA calls for a review of the mandatory minimum skills and qualifications required for all key financial management positions within the public sector

Eleven ways to protect yourself against fraud

While financial services firms work continuously to improve security, fraudsters are always devising new plans to circumvent the latest safety measures

Security and Compliance Evolution in the Data Revolution

Organisations must adopt a risk-based approach to compliance and rely on technology to mitigate that risk and on people and process controls as well

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