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South African Elections 2019: All Published Manifestos

While putting together the Khetha! Online elections game (play, learn something new and win airtime!) we realised that there was no one-stop list of manifestos of parties competing in the 2019 South African national and provincial elections. So we contacted all 48 political parties registered to contest the national elections and found out that:

• Only 28 (58%) have official websites
• Only 18 (38%) have official manifestos

So here they are. Inform yourself! Then play Khetha! and let us know your thoughts.

  1. African Christian Democratic Party
  2. African Democratic Change
  3. African National Congress
  4. African People’s Convention
  5. African Transformation Movement
  6. Azanian People’s Organisation
  7. Black First Land First
  8. Congress of the People
  9. Democratic Alliance
  10. Democratic Liberal Congress
  11. Economic Freedom Fighters
  12. Forum for Service Delivery
  13. Inkatha Freedom Party
  14. Land Party
  15. National Freedom Party
  16. People’s Revolutionary Movement
  17. United Democratic Movement
  18. Vryheid Front+



From ECD to higher and further education, we measure the quality and quantity of learning, continually adapting the assessment and measurement methods required

Access to Education Study

Access to Education Study

“First nationally representative study in SA to measure the barriers to access education for primary and secondary school children”.

Education Study Fact Sheets

Social Cohesion & Protest

We study social cohesion at the community level, seeking to understand the underlying causes, triggers and responses to unrest and the ways in which communities organise and govern themselves.

Poverty & Inequality

To reduce both absolute and relative deprivation, it is crucial to understand how individuals, families and communities experience deprivation in all its dimensions, and how different people and communities experience and respond to it in different ways.

Land & Housing

Land and housing are economic assets, spaces of social interaction, and points of identity and belonging. These dimensions, and more, inform our thinking about land tenure systems, housing needs assessments, settlement planning, infrastructure impacts, urbanisation & labour mobility, informal settlement upgrades and farm worker evictions.

Farm Evictions Study

Farm Evictions Study “Cutting edge new methodology to measure the prevalence & impact of farm evictions in South Africa.” Book: “Still searching for Security” by Social Surveys and Nkunzi Development Association  

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Farm Evictions Study

“Cutting edge new methodology to measure the prevalence & impact of farm evictions in South Africa.”
Book: “Still searching for Security” by Social Surveys and Nkunzi Development Association

Social Issues in Mining

Social Surveys has a 30-year track record in the mining sector, advising communities, mining houses and civil society partners on labour migration, housing needs, relocations, employee safety and productivity, protest risk and environmental impacts.

Civil Society, Philanthropy, Giving & Volunteering

How do you understand the nature of civil society organisations, community-level philanthropy and the practices of giving and volunteering in African contexts characterised by informality, collectivism and deep mutual support networks?

The NPO Study

“First nationally representative study to determine size & scope of the NPO sector in SA – part of the Johns Hopkins NPO Project”
Book: “Size & Scope of the Non-profit Sector in South Africa” by Mark Swilling & Bev Russell-Rice


from behaviour change communication to health facility capacity assessments, and from in-depth local pilot studies to large-scale multi-method impact evaluations, our work in health spans many subjects and methods

Youth & Employment

We seek to understand the full spectrum of ways in which people participate in the economy

Methods and Field Notes

Quality in, quality out. Excellence in data collection and processing is fundamental to interpretation and insight with integrity.

Gender and Sexuality

To challenge homophobia, it is important to understand sexuality and gender issues

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