CCIJ Round Up: Podcasts are back!

Waterless and Transparency Talks are back. A new development in the ongoing South African Lottery investigation includes a breach of the code of conduct of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants by the chief operating officer of the National Lotteries Commission. Two CCIJ members contribute to the global FinCEN investigation. Two new articles go up on the CCIJ blog.



On the first episode of season 2 of Waterless, our new host Winston Mwale interviews Jenipher Changwanda. Jenipher (Jane) Changwanda is a Malawian journalist with seven years of experience in the field. She discusses her new story, co-published with CCIJ, called “Collecting water dangerous for women and girls,” which tells the story of villages in Malawi that have been subjected to intermittent and unreliable water supply for the past 22 years. She talks about how that story came to be and how water scarcity poses a danger to women and girls globally.

Listen to the episode here.
Transparency talks

On this week’s episode of Transparency Talks, Jeff Kelly Lowenstein interviews Winston Mwale. Winston Mwale is a lecturer in journalism at Pentacostal Life University in Malawi, the founder of Africa Brief and the host of the CCIJ podcast “Waterless.” Winston describes his career in journalism as a “dream” and talks about his work on Africa Brief. 

Listen to the episode here.


Phillemon Letwaba, chief operating officer of the National Lotteries Commission, has breached the code of conduct of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants, according to Organization Undoing Tax Abuse. This is the most recent development in the ongoing investigation by CCIJ South African Hub Leader Raymond Joseph and his team at GroundUp.

Read the full story here

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FinCEN Investigation

Two CCIJ members, Simon Mkina and Emmanuel Dogbevi, contributed to an investigation coordinated by BuzzFeed News and ICIJ that involved more than 400 reporters from close to 90 countries. 

Phantom Tanzanian company flagged moving $620 million

In a piece published in Jamii Forums, Mkina found that Tanzanian company registration instruments, just like the East African country’s banking institutions, are unaware of a company that has allegedly channeled over Shilling 1.4 trillion (620 million USD) through its account for three years.

Read the whole story here

Ghana gold exporters in middle of suspicious $2.8 billion transactions tied to Kaloti and others 

In a piece published in Ghana Business News, Dogbevi shared that during a U.S. investigation some Ghana gold exporters received parts of a multi-billion dollar payment made by Kaloti Jewellery company and other businesses to companies and individuals around the world, according to leaked documents from the United States Department of Treasury. 

Read the whole article here.


Residents of Cole’s Creek Road left out to dry

A piece originally published by The Daily Mining Gazette, Josh Vissers writes about residents of Houghton County in Michigan, who are blaming the Houghton County Road Commission for cutting off their water supply with no warning.

Read the whole story here.

Read more of Josh Visser’s work on Cole Creek Road’s water here.

#ProtestReportingProject: Reporting on Protest In Southern Africa Then and Now

In the first of a three part series called the #ProtestReportingProject, CCIJ intern Abigail Goldberg-Zelizer explores the importance of journalism focused on political and social unrest around the world. In this piece, Raymond Joseph and Mongie Zulu, despite being from different generations, have a deep drive for reporting on civil unrest in their country.