Data Tools


March 5, 2021

Future Cities South Africa LogoThe Global Future Cities Programme aims to improve the planning and management of three cities in South Africa, resulting in increased local prosperity and quality of life. Specifically, this includes a reduction in levels of poverty and gender inequality, together with creating two-way trade opportunities. Our overall strategy is to build trusted relationships, develop skills, and create transformational and enduring impact in Cape Town, Johannesburg, and Durban through the delivery of five interventions. This work will focus on transport, urban regeneration, economic analysis, resilience, and human settlements.  

Future Cities South Africa is the implementing arm of the Global Future Cities Programme in South Africa. Lumec was contracted by Open Cities Lab to work on 2 Global Future Cities projects implemented at Durban and Cape Town.

City of Cape Town

The goal of this project is to support the City of Cape Town in the implementation of the Data Strategy and in the development of an Economic toolkit that, through use cases and implementation within the city ecosystem, demonstrate the impact a data-driven city can have on improving the lives of residents and in the development and progress of the city. The Data Capabilities Workstream requested technical assistance to provide support, advice and guidance on the data literacy programme. Lumec completed a report that provides recommendations and feedback based on best practice curricula and approaches applicable for the City of Cape Town. For more information see the Global Future Cities website write-up on the project here.

eThekwini Municipality

Lumec was appointed to project manage this project on behalf of the Future Cities South Africa consortium. The project aims for improved data integration, collection and analysis to facilitate collaborative informal settlement action. For more information see the Global Future Cities website write-up on the project here.

Access to this research will be added to this post as it becomes publicly available. For more information on this project, contact us.



March 5, 2021

Corruption Watch, in partnership with Transparency International, have embarked on a project called Open Contracting for Health, the aim of which is to advocate for greater transparency in health procurement processes. This research, conducted with Open Cities Lab, forms part of this project.

The 5 stages of the open procurement process (planning, tender, award, contract, implementation)
Source: https://www.open-contracting.org/

The scope of work was as follows:

  • Conducting a rapid assessment of national and provincial health procurement portals, assessing the availability of information on the portals (3 national portals and 9 provincial portals were selected for the rapid assessment).
  • Selection of 3 portals for additional in-depth technical review, including:
    • Scraping and development of a data catalogue using Open Contracting Data Standards
    • Analysis to determine which procurement health indicators are possible using the available fields and data.
    • Recommendations based on the above analysis including what additional fields should be included and what interventions should be prioritised by portal owners for improved procurement processes.
    • Analysis on overlap and peculiarities of data on the portals when compared to each other.

The three portals selected for these deep dives were the eTenders Publication Portal, the North West Department of Health Website and the Gauteng Provincial Government Tender Information Portal.

A policy brief and summary report was launched on 30 March 2021. You can see the summary report here.



July 24, 2019

The Durban EDGE data portal contains raw data, data stories and data dashboards, the majority of which are publicly available. Data includes economic growth, employment, business licensing, freight cargo and more.