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Bi-Weekly Social Listening Updates & Recommendations for Electoral Engagement #9

Conversation around the national election garnered over a million online mentions from May 24 to 31, 2024. This fact sheet seeks to identify hot-button topics which emerged over week of the election. Topics include issues of voter education, disruptions to the voting process, shared reflection on the experience of voting and instances of mis- and …

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Russian Twitter Influence In South Africa: The Kremlin’s in the System

As researchers throughout Africa seek to understand the social media landscape better, many have focused on Russian interference on social media platforms. The Institute for Security Studies reported ahead of the 2024 elections that due to the weak checks and balances of new democracies on the continent, Russia considers Africa to be an attractive target… …

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Bi-Weekly Social Listening Updates & Recommendations for Electoral Engagement #8

The online elections conversation received more than 350,000 mentions between 1 and 14 May 2024. The DA’s election ad, which depicted the burning of the South African flag, was among the biggest talking points during the period. Posts either criticising politicians for being out of touch with the lived realities of South Africans, or resorting …

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From RET to MK Party The mobilisation of existing communities to drive political messaging

Since December 2023, the CABC noticed a rapid increase in the popularity of the newly formed MK party online. With the assistance of Murmur, a research company with expertise in digital landscape tracking, this report analyses deeply how a South African online Twitter community that existed before the formation of the MK party shifted their …

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Monthly Social Listening Updates & Recommendations for online conversations about immigrants in South Africa #1

This report provides an overview of conversations about immigrants in South Africa for the month of April 2024. As the country approaches elections on 29 May 2024, a concerning trend remains prevalent online: immigrants are increasingly being scapegoated for a range of socio-economic and political issues. This report looks at the conversation volume, key metrics, …

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Labour Force Equality: Perspectives & Stereotypes Social Media Analytics Report

Report 9 in our series of Gender-Based Violence and Misogyny social media analytics reporting unpacks inequality in the labour force. Conversation around women in the labour force is polarised and views align broadly within two camps, a religious-moral traditionalism juxtaposed with a perspective rooted in progressivism and gender equality. We explored three focus areas namely; …

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Bi-Weekly Social Listening Updates & Recommendations for Electoral Engagement #7

Sentiments that politicians would do anything for votes and that government could fix South Africa’s challenges if it wanted to, formed part of the online elections conversation between 16 and 30 April 2024. Other topics within the conversation, which received more than 350,000 mentions, included the launch of the EFF’s Vuka! Vela! Vota! ad; reports …

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