Besides the social and economic hardship that will be left in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, the past year has also made South Africans more attuned to the role of data in managing a problem. This is not only true for responding to a pandemic, but also for dealing with SA’s broader range of development objectives.

In the debate about the recent state of the nation address, acting minister in the presidency Khumbudzo Ntshavheni reiterated President Cyril Ramaphosa’s invitation to South Africans to measure the performance of the sixth administration. It speaks to a heightened focus on accountability and the president’s signing of performance agreements with his cabinet in October last year. These are vital steps in rooting out corruption and creating a capable state...

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