Speak Up Mzansi is an interactive web platform connecting citizens and their elected leaders. Speak Up Mzansi is available through multiple channels, including a mobisite (m.speakupmzansi.org.za), Mxit, the Google Play and Windows mobile app stores, and SMS (shortcode: 31771; keyword: speakup).

Speak Up Mzansi can also be followed on our Twitter (@speakupmzansi) and Facebook pages (Speak Up Mzansi). 

The main features of the platform include a discussion space for promoting open and honest dialogue around political and government promises made by South Africa's leading political parties. All content included on the Speak Up Mzansi platform is derived from public, open source information.

You can email us at info@speakupmzansi.org.za.

Supporters of Speak Up Mzansi include:

Cell Life

Cell-Life is registered under the South African Companies Act as a Non Profit Company (NPC) and is also a registered Public Benefit Organisation (PBO). The company provides technology-based solutions for the management of health in developing countries. Our function is to address health-related challenges, such as distribution of anti-retroviral treatments, continuous patient monitoring and evaluation, and collection and communication of information. This is achieved through the use and development of innovative software supported by existing technologies such as mobile phones and the Internet, in a manner that is appropriate for a developing-country context.

Code for South Africa

We love data. We live it, eat it, drink it and dream about it. We believe that data (especially government data) should be open. Not just for personal use. Data should be shareable, mash-able, available for commercial use. Our goal is to promote the release of data under an open data licence to make it available to everyone who wants it.

Data is for the elite. Without context it is useless. We want to use liberated data to improve lives and empower people to make informed choices. We hope to build an active citizenry by increasing interactions between the public and government using applications that really matter to people.

Democracy Development Program

The Democracy Development Program (DDP) was established in 1993 as a partner project of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, with the aim of supporting and deepening the fledgling democracy of South Africa. The DDP is led by executive director Dr Rama Naidu. Since inception, the DDP has been committed to the promotion of the following principles: Sustainable democracy and good governance; Political awareness and citizen participation; Tolerance and a culture of human rights; and Decentralised and pluralist government.

DDP’s vision for South Africa is for an active citizenry that can hold those in power to account, and a society in which the constitutionally enshrined Bill of Rights yields tangible benefits for all, especially those living on the margins.

Freedom House

Freedom House is an independent watchdog organization dedicated to the expansion of freedom around the world. Freedom House analyzes the challenges to freedom; advocates for greater political and civil liberties; and, supports frontline activists to defend human rights and promote democratic change.  Founded in 1941, Freedom House was the first American organization to champion the advancement of freedom globally.

Khanya College

Khanya College is an independent, non-governmental organisation based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Established in 1986, the primary aim of Khanya College is to assist various constituencies within working class and poor communities to respond to the challenges posed by the forces of economic and political globalisation. Khanya College offers assistance through providing educational and training workshops, publications and research to organisations and individuals in these communities.

Credits

Photo of SA flag by flowcomm_on_flickr.