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Did historic court ruling wipe out nearly $1-billion from Kenya’s stock exchange?

20th September 2017 The surprise decision by Kenya’s top court to annul the presidential election cost the stock market billions of shillings, deputy president William... 

Does Africa only have 3 facilities to repair aircraft?

14th September 2017 Located in Nigeria’s northern heartland, the state of Kaduna aims to boost its economy by attracting more investors. One way it wants to do this is... 

Do only 14% of South Africans read books?

11th September 2017 “Do you know that reading statistics show that only 14% of South Africans are readers of books?” South Africa’s basic education minister said in a... 

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Mayor’s claim – undocumented foreigners make up 80% of Joburg inner city – ‘absurd’

8th September 2017 The mayor of Johannesburg does not mince his word when it comes to the state of the inner city. Herman Mashaba has often spoken of his plans to... 

Do 45% of Nigerian women get married before their 18th birthday?

7th September 2017 Though the legal age of marriage is supposed to be 18 years, 45% of Nigerian women are married before then, US-based online publication Sahara... 

No – heart disease is not SA’s leading cause of death, as Health24 tweeted

6th September 2017 UPDATE: After we published this report, Health24 responded, saying that their statement was “definitely incorrect”. “While we acknowledge that the... 

Do mothers & newborns run a higher risk of dying in Nairobi, as governor Sonko said?

25th August 2017 Nairobi’s second governor, the colourful Mike Sonko, took office on 21 August. In his inaugural speech outlining his priorities for the Kenyan... 

Do formal residents use 65% of Cape Town’s water, with half going to gardens & pools?

22nd August 2017 Cape Town’s wet winter is much drier than usual and city officials are pleading with residents to help build up the city’s water reserves.... 

Does SA’s private healthcare sector only serve 16% of the population?

8th August 2017 South Africa is regarded as an outlier in healthcare spend because it invests “huge amounts of money on few people”, the country’s health minister... 

The presidential debate that wasn’t: Did Kenya’s Odinga get his facts straight?

31st July 2017 After a first presidential debate failed to take off, a rescheduled one took place on Monday 24 July in Nairobi. Only three of six candidates... 

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