Current status: impactAFRICA has now closed applications for round three

  • Garnishees: Pound of flesh

    An data-driven and human-centred journalistic investigation of garnishee orders and over-indebtedness in South Africa

Garnishees are a highly politicised, but still poorly understood topic. They are ostensibly a debt collection tool, but one that has been shown to further entrench indebtedness and income inequality, and – unlike asset attachment – is predominately used against poorer people. But it also hits society at all levels, especially in the civil service.The project will contextualise this issue within a broader look at over-indebtedness as a theme:

  • How much debt are South Africans in?
  • How many credit accounts do we have?
  • How many of our accounts are in good/bad standing, etc?


Format: A scroll-form page is proposed, as well as staggered or serialised publishing, and theming content into sections or data segments, such as “public servant garnishees”, “credit exposure per income bracket” and “South Africa’s indebtedness”. Sections will include the multimedia tools applicable to each, including videos interviews, graphs, and mapping.


Business Day (print) and BDLive (online) are the primary media partners.


Cover image: Simson Petrol (Creative Commons)


Coverage



Project information

  • Locations
    South Africa
  • Duration
    4 months
  • Release date
    August 2017
  • Budget
    USD 9,000

ENTRIES FOR ROUND FOUR NOW CLOSED

ENTRIES FOR ROUND THREE NOW CLOSED