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SA billboard likely understates child ‘hunger’ deaths

8th November 2017 South Africa’s national airline is robbing South Africans of resources that could be put to better use, the country’s Democratic Alliance (DA)... 

Yes, SA has less water per person than Botswana & Namibia

3rd November 2017 Writing about the impact of invasive alien plants on South Africa’s waterways, a local news site recently reported that the country has “less water... 

Does Nigeria have the most people with diabetes in sub-Saharan Africa?

2nd November 2017 Diabetes is a growing concern for Nigeria, a drug multinational executive said ahead of a recent summit on the chronic disease in Lagos. “About... 

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FACT-CHECKED: 2 claims about slavery & ‘child prostitutes’ in SA

27th October 2017 In mid-October 2017, a “Walk for Freedom” was organised in Cape Town, South Africa, by international anti-slavery organisation A21. Close to 1,000... 

Does a Nigerian lawmaker earn more than US President Donald Trump?

20th October 2017 Terming it “strange, unthinkable and very disheartening”, the leader of a Nigerian pro-reform group castigated the “monumental” pay of the... 

#5facts: The sad extent of suicide in South Africa

17th October 2017 A 19-year-old woman reportedly jumped to her death in the South African suburb of Braamfontein. Media reports suggest that the university student... 

No way to verify whether 80% of same-sex marriages in SA are by Afrikaans speakers

10th October 2017 More than a decade ago South Africa became the first African country to legalise same-sex marriages. But the bulk of these weddings take place... 

Do Nigeria’s Yoruba people have the world’s highest twin birth rate? (And are yams to blame?)

6th October 2017 Social media is full of interesting or quirky “facts” about Africa. Twitter account Africa Facts added one to the mix when it tweeted a claim about... 

Do South African women earn 27% less than men?

28th September 2017 “Women earn 27% less than men,” the South African distributor of Korean car maker Hyundai recently tweeted. Based on this disparity, Hyundai South... 

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... 

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