Finding cake recipes...
Partnering with expert baker...
Blowing out candles...
Slicing the cake...
Sharing with stakeholders...
Eating some cake...
Gathering feedback...
Updating our recipe...
Creating cake recipe database...

OpenUp turns

 to see our journey!

Early 2012

OpenUp began as the brain child of Adi Eyal and Gabriella Razzano.

Formative discussions were based around a clear need for more open data a transparency in government and civil society.

30 January, 2012

Mid 2012

We made our home at Codebridge, where we are still based today.

Codebridge was founded by Adi Eyal as a shared community hub and workspace in Newlands, Cape Town.

14 October, 2011

May 18, 2012

Late 2012

Our Open Data & Democracy Initiative held its Coding for Democracy Hackathon.

Prior to the founding of OpenUp, we started ODADI as a initiative that embodied our proposed vision and approach.

Late 2012

We received our first significant grant under the African News Innovation Challenge.

This grant gave us the confidence to pursue our mission and start formalising OpenUp from an idea into a sustainable organisation.


2013 -2014

...and throughout 2013 and into 2014 we ticked off a bunch of awesome milestones!

This was a period of really great growth as we started to align our team and processes with our vision.


We join Github!

9 May, 2013


We tweet our first tweet!

27 Aug, 2013


We launch the Medicine Price Registry (our first tool!)

15 Oct, 2013


We hire our first employee, Petrus van Rensburg!

1 Nov, 2013


We partner with the Parliamentary Monitoring Group!

03 Dec, 2013


OpenUp is registered with the Department of Social Development

21 Feb, 2014

19 FEB, 2014

We signed our origanisational constitution.

(This is our birthday!)


22 Dec, 2015

We win our first award! 2015 Vodacom Journalist of the Year for Living on the Edge using the Living Wage Tool.

This added fuel to our belief that open data, civic-tech and data journalism were powerful tools for manifesting change.



A doubling down on community and partnerships.

We start to hit our stride and refine our offerings to align with and forward the goals of our growing list of partners!


Forming key partnerships with institutions and organisations looking to improve transparency.

Many of these partnerships are still ongoing and have been the foundation of our work towards open data and a more open government.

1 Feb, 2016

Launched the Data Journalism Academy.

We identify a need for data journalism training and resources that are not available in South African newsrooms and develop a curriculum around treating data as a source in news stories.


And Invested heavily into Codebridge!

We also sign a 10-year lease for the Codebridge building through the City of Cape Town. We host our first Codebridge movie night and continue our "Coderbridge evening" meetups.


We establish ourselves as open data partners for government and our growing team delivers amazing projects and tools!

National and local government entities turn to us when looking to improve transparency and launch open data tools.


Lailah Ryklief, our current head of operations, joins as employee!

8 Mar, 2016


Our name is officially changed from Code for South Africa to OpenUp

3 May, 2016


Recognised as official partners in opening address at the SA regional Open Government Partnership meeting!

5 May, 2016


JD Bothma joins as employee

11 Jun, 2016


We launch "Gaming the Lottery". With over 200 articles posted to date.

14 Aug, 2017

OpenUp and the Poverity and Inequality Initiative launch Youth Explorer!

12 Sep, 2016

Pocket Reporter is launched to empower journalists!

18 Oct, 2016

We launch Municipal Money to supercharge municipal finance transparency!

28 Oct, 2016


We are awarded our first core grant from Luminate!

12 Mar, 2017

22 July, 2017

We launch the Guptaleaks website and win the 2017 Vodacom Journalist of the Year Award!

Our investment in data journalism sees us partnering with amazing organisations like Daily Maverick, AmaBhungane and News24 to produce an award winning data investigation!



People, partners, projects, mission and impact.

After 4 years spent refining our mission and approach, we set our sites on growing our network, strengthening our team and amplifying our impact.


We continued to attract amazingly talented and passionate individuals.

After shifting to a fully remote policy during the pandemic, we have been able to expand our reach and provide flexible work opportunities for team members across Africa... and beyond!

Nick Budlender

Yuxi Wang

Paul Watson

Sihle Makanya

Janine Pretorius

Mbalenhle Nkosi

Shaun Russell

Greg Kempe

Adrian Kearns

Schalk Venter

Katlego Mohlabane

Mahlatse Moloto

Calyn Pillay

Jennifer Walker

Matthew Stark

Fierdous Safodien

Damian Pool

Michael Glenister

Jason Norwood-Young

Andrew Thomas-Woolf

Adam Oxford

Dirk Meerkotter

Alex Beyleveld

Lunga Mthembu

Jonathan Bosman

Carl Teffo


Expanded our network of partners across government, civil society and the private sector.

Our growing list of partners and clients allows us to broaden the scope and impact of our work. From financial transparency partnerships with government, to tools designed to assist tenants who are being unlawfully evicted.


Garnered the financial support of donors who believed in our mission.

The long-standing support and generosity of like-minded donor organisations over the years has allowed us the freedom to confidently pursue our mission.


To create tools that empower citizens and support government transparency...

Our projects and partnerships have always been a reflection of our values as an organisation. Over the years, we have strived to build tools that are a catalyst for positive change in society.

Vulekamali is officially launched in Parliament!

20 Feb, 2018

The new Wazimap goes live! We start mapping amazing data!

1 Nov, 2022

We pilot our case management system, CaseFile, with CAOSA.

1 Dec, 2021


In partnership with Ndifuna Ukwazi, we launch the online Eviction Guide!

14 Jan, 2019

We launch the SA Lottery Tool to assist journalists investigating corruption.

12 Sep, 2016

In partnership with Open Cities Lab, Africa Data Hub is launched.

14 Oct, 2020

OpenUp and Ndifuna Ukwazi launch the People's Land Map.

01 Nov, 2023


...and continue to be acknowledged by those in our field.

Awards are not why we do what we do, but they serve to strengthen the belief we have always had in our mission.

OpenUp a joint finalist for the "Guptaleaks" project in the Finalists in 2019 Global Shining Light Awards.

17 Jul, 2019

Vulekamali wins under the "Innovations Harnessing 4IR Solutions" category at the 17th Public Sector Innovation Awards, 2019

29 Nov, 2019

Raymond Joseph and GroundUp win the 17th Taco Kuiper Awards, for reporting made possible by our National Lotteries Tool.

21 Apr, 2023


Thank you

Here's looking forward to the next 10 years!

There are so many people and organisations to thank, and OpenUp is living testimony to how organisational success - alongside individual success - is always a result of greater community and collaboration. Thank you for being a part of our past - and we look forward to you joining in with our future, forever focused on improving conditions for all people.