Support the SA Coronavirus Dashboard project

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See below for answers to some of the most commonly-asked questions and updates on the progress of the campaign.

January 30, 2021 – New target: R100,000

With just over 40 days to go until the 1st year anniversary of Coronavirus dashboard (we launched the first version on March 16, 2020) we have decided to set a new fundraising target for the project: R100,000. When we started the project we had no idea we’d still be working on this a year later. It’s been a crazy year and we’ve had to bring on additional people to help us keep the dashboard up to date, particularly as we started to collect more detailed data about provinces as districts in the country. And, based on the current situation, it looks likely that we could be working on the dashboard for the best part of 2021, something we hadn’t planned for when we started the project. We’re committed to doing that and we’ll keep the dashboard updated to the best of our ability for as long as we feel it is useful. But we have to be conscious of the cost (both in time and finances) of maintaining the dashboard for such an extended period. Which is why we have decided to set a new goal of raising R100,000 by March 16, 2021. That’s just another ~R24,000 (at time of writing) on top of the kind donations we have raised to date.

We have never tried to profit out of the dashboard, but any and all contributions towards the ongoing development and maintenance of the dashboard are gratefully received. And thank you so much to everyone that has made a donation so far.

We understand that this is a tough time for many people so if you aren’t in a position to make a donation we completely understand. If you have the time send us an email to let us know your thoughts on the dashboard (data@mediahack.co.za) or share a link to the dashboard on your social media of choice. Every little bit helps.

As always, if you have any questions please email Laura and Alastair on data@mediahack.co.za and we’ll try and help.

January 2021

It has been almost 10 months since we launched the first version of our Coronavirus dashboard on March 16, 2020. When we started collecting and sharing Coronavirus data in early 2020 we didn’t expect to be doing this for more than a month or two. We certainly didn’t expect to be still be doing this almost a year later, a year in which we have updated the dashboard every single day except for two (and we added the data for those days in retrospectively) and added dozens of new charts and visuals in response to questions and suggestions from regular users, all of which we are grateful for.

For the small team of volunteers that keep the dashboard running it has been hard but rewarding work. The two of us (Laura and Alastair) have been running the dashboard since March 2020 as a side project to our day-to-day work and we have employed a number of part-time researchers at different times to help us collect all of the data as the dashboard expanded.

Every day thousands of people visit and use the dashboard and many of them visit the site every single day, suggesting the dashboard is still useful to many people. Which seems like good enough reason to keep on working on it.

Our launch message

We’ve been absolutely overwhelmed by the support we’ve received for our Coronavirus Dashboard over the past four months. To date the dashboard has been viewed more than two million times and hundreds of thousands of people have visited the site. We’ve also received hundreds of suggestions, comments and questions from members of the public, and we try and respond to them all. The success of the dashboard is a testament to the incredible importance of making data accessible and relevant to people’s lives.

Many of the people that have contacted us have asked how they can support our work, and here’s the answer: over the course of a month we are running a funding campaign to raise money from small individual contributions to help cover some of the costs of the project (See update below – 29 July, 2020). Our initial target is R30,000 to cover basic costs but anything above that will go towards adding new features and improving the dashboard.

If you’ve got value out of our work monitoring the state of coronavirus in South Africa, you can help sustain it by making a contribution here. Think of it as getting us a cup of coffee.

We appreciate that this is a time of economic uncertainty, so if you’re not in a position to make a financial contribution, that’s okay – you can also share this link on social media, or just send us a message to let us know you’ve found the work useful.

 

 

Updates

29 July, 2020: Thank you! When we launched this campaign on 28 July 2020 we were looking to raise R30,000 to cover our most basic costs. We were amazed when we reached that target just 30 hours after launch. Thank you to everyone who so generously offered support. The support we have received for this campaign reinforces our idea of how important easily accessible and relevant public data is to people at any time, but even more so during a pandemic. We are committed to continue working on the data and the dashboard and so we are leaving donations open for the remainder of our planned time. Any additional funds raised will be used to further improve the dashboard.

FAQ

Who is Media Hack? This document (PDF) explains who we are, why we created the SA Coronavirus Dashboard, and why we think it is important.

Notes about the information we require from donors: We ask for your name and email address so that we can thank you personally for any donation you make. We will not share your details or send you emails beyond this campaign. 

Donation options: You can make a donation using the donation form above. If you do you will be directed to the PayFast.co.za service where you are able to pay by debit or credit card, or by instant EFT. PayFast is an established payment processor in South Africa and will process all donations on our behalf. 

Make a direct deposit: If you prefer to make a direct deposit to our bank account please use the following account details. Please use your surname as the reference and email us the proof of payment at donations@mediahack.co.za so we can record your contribution correctly. You can make a deposit to this account: 

Account holder: Media Hack Collective
Bank: FNB
Branch: Bedford Gardens 250655
Acc No: 62841790026

Is there a minimum/maximum donation allowed? While we welcome all and every contribution towards this campaign we do recommend a R50 minimum donation as there are processing fees for each credit/debit card transaction which means we get less. But there is no minimum and no maximum amount. 

Get in touch: If you have any questions about this funding campaign and your donation please contact us at donations@mediahack.co.za.