The M&G Centre for Investigative Journalism
AmaBhungane (isiZulu for “the dung beetles”) is
a South African non-profit company which develops
investigative journalism in the public interest –
important to promote open, accountable and just
democracy and a free press worthy of the same duty.
It does so by:
• engaging in the best practice of investigative
• transferring investigative skills to other
• doing advocacy to secure the information rights
investigative journalists need to do their work.
AmaBhungane launched in April 2010 and has become
known for its oft-agenda-setting investigative
AmaBhungane’s intern alumni are spread across
Southern Africa, where some of them are emerging as
leaders in the investigative journalism field. And
amaBhungane has secured important legal reforms
through its advocacy efforts, helping to stem
secrecy and advance access to information.
The Claude Leon Foundation has contributed to amaBhungane’s efforts to “exercise” the Promotion of
Access to Information Act inter alia by litigating
for the release of information regarding public
expenditure at the South African president’s Nkandla