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Digging up the numbers on informal mining in Nigeria

4th October 2018 Millions of people in Nigeria survive on artisanal and small-scale mining, the country’s minister of mines and steel, Abubakar Bwari, reportedly... 

Spectator Index tweet exaggerates Nigeria’s suicide rate

28th September 2018 Popular for the facts and figures it tweets, the Spectator Index posted a list of the suicide rates in different countries earlier this year. The... 

Check the stats, Ramaphosa – 62 people murdered on SA farms & smallholdings last year

27th September 2018 Speaking in New York, South Africa’s president claimed that farmers are not being killed in his country. Cyril Ramaphosa was commenting on a tweet... 


Yes, neighbourly South Africa helps keep Zimbabwe’s lights on

26th September 2018 After an hour and a half of answering questions in parliament, South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa wasted little time on a question from the... 

Number of qualified primary school teachers and grade 6 literacy in Nigeria higher than claimed

18th September 2018 Nigeria’s ailing education system is shown in the bad shape of its public schools, the head of an educational charity said recently. The Nation... 

Tax revenue and development spend: does Kenya’s majority leader get his numbers right?

14th September 2018 The leader of the majority party in Kenya’s national assembly wasted no time in trading punches with his TV host as he waded into a national... 

Checked: Two claims about the ‘astronomical’ cost of Nigeria’s election

6th September 2018 Presidential hopeful Kingsley Moghalu recently took issue with the budget for Nigeria’s 2019 elections, comparing it to the cost of the 2014... 

Women teach and men lead? Gender inequality in South African schools examined

3rd September 2018 Studies of female teachers’ path to leadership positions usually focus on the barriers and challenges they may face. That’s why Stellenbosch... 

Violence against South Africa’s women, children: verifying claims at a men’s summit

30th August 2018 Men from organisations across South Africa came together for a summit in August 2018 to develop a “men’s charter” and a “men’s sector strategic... 

China owns 20% of Kenya’s external debt – not 70% as reported

21st August 2018 Worried about being up to its ears in debt, Kenya’s government wants to hire experts to manage its borrowing, local media has reported. Much of... 

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