COTU is a WhatsApp based messaging tool built to empower & connect communities in South Africa with factual updates during COVID-19.


  • Help people communicate and coordinate in their communities
  • Distance fake news produced by unsolicited sources
  • Send geo-targeted factual updates at ward-level
  • Get citizen feedback to inform proper resource allocation
  • Track the progress of relief interventions

Like many initiatives during this time we are building and learning as we go. We are using a phased approach while testing our model, with eThekwini Municipality being our first region of development. We will gradually progress to other parts of KwaZulu Natal and South Africa.