The official keeper of the numerical records, StatsSA, sits on a lot of data. It’s the organisation’s job to count and quantify everything from service provision to health stats to employment statistics, and manage it on the public behalf.

Over the last year or so, it’s also been making quite an impressive effort to put all that information into some kind of context and help the general public understand it better, by commissioning census infographics for national newspapers and developing a nice and flashy iPad app.

Now it’s relaunched its website, and turned what was a rather dry list of links to reports into an all singing, all dancing collection of infographs and exploratory dashboards for published data. There’s even a news ticker with the latest report data running along the top.

We like, and hope to see it expand the number of ways you can interrogate official data as time goes on. Just don’t click too far in, as the old PDF lists are still lurking behind the scenes.

UPDATE: I’d really recommend you have a look at the Municipal Data Browser which is a gateway into the most recent census data. It’s really well laid out, taking you from population size to the kind of fuel most popular for cooking in a click.

Sadly we didn’t get round to taking a ‘before’ screenshot, but this is what it looks like ‘after’. Go check it out and lose yourself in (official) facts about South Africa. Oh, and if StatsSA are reading this, I’d really like to see up-to-date figures for traffic accidents, which appear not to have been added for quite a while.

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Adam is the Editorial Director at htxt media. He has been writing about technology for almost two full decades now. In a previous life, he was the editor of PC Format and Digital Camera Shopper in the UK, before going on to work as a freelance journalist for seven years. His work has appeared in or on Stuff, The Guardian, Linux Format, TechRadar, Wired.co.uk, PC Gamer, Green Futures, The Journalist, The Ecologist and The Review. Adam moved to South Africa in 2012 and loves 3D printers, MakerFairs and tech hubs. He hates seafood. None of his friends remember this when cooking.