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Mary Alexander

Mary Alexander has more than 30 years of experience in publishing, 20 of them online. She’s worked in newspaper, magazine, educational, book and online publishing in overlapping roles: writer, illustrator, researcher, editor, webmaster, designer and project manager. Her site South Africa Gateway tells the stories of South Africa and the rest of Africa in essays, data, graphics and animation.

Mapping poverty in South Africa

Where are South Africa’s poorest places? Two maps find the patterns of poverty: one shows the share of households living in poverty in each municipality, the other the number of poor people living there. And an animation tries to make sense of the maps.

How big is South Africa?

South Africa is twice the size of France and five times as big as the UK. With an area of 1.2-million square kilometres, it dwarfs the nations of Europe – except Russia – but doesn’t stand up to the giants of Asia and the Americas.