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Townships contribute R100bn to South Africa’s economy? No way to tell

20th July 2018 “South Africa’s townships contribute up to R100-billion to the overall economy,” the chief executive of business advisory service EntBanc wrote in... 

Do 8 300 super-rich Kenyans own more than the rest?

10th July 2018 Kenya’s wealthy have little trouble remaining in the spotlight. In April 2018, British think tank Chatham House spoke of the country’s “rampant”... 

Eskom and the viral infographic: do the numbers add up?

9th July 2018 Worker protests over pay at South Africa’s power utility have led to lights being turned off across the country. The utility, Eskom, announced... 


Do 10 Nigerians die from cancer every hour?

6th July 2018 In a story about a cancer screening event, a reporter in ThisDay newspaper claimed that “at least 10 Nigerians die from cancer every hour”. Health... 

Hit or miss? 5 claims by Kenyan governors fact-checked

5th July 2018 Kenya is grading its new system of government after the constitution created 47 new administrative units in 2010. These counties started to govern... 

Are 57% of South African kids raised without fathers?

4th July 2018 In its latest advertising campaign, detergent brand Omo features a young boy reading from a homemade Father’s Day card. “Thank you for always being... 

Did the DA-led Western Cape create ‘75% of all jobs’ in SA last year? ‘Confusing’ claim correct

27th June 2018 UPDATE: This report was retracted on 25 June 2018 following concerns that important context had not been included. It has since been updated to... 

Do 80% of Nigerians lack safe drinking water? It’s worse than that

22nd June 2018 In one of his regular columns, veteran Nigerian journalist Dele Sobowale questioned whether his government was ready to provide for a growing... 

As help from Cuba arrives, is there only one Kenyan doctor for every 16,000 people?

19th June 2018 The chief of staff in the Kenyan presidency claimed the country’s doctor-to-patient ratio was one doctor to every 16 000 patients. There are 7 333... 

Do 200 000 abortions – many a ‘repeat’ – take place in SA each year?

5th June 2018 An MP seeking to introduce changes to South African abortion law claimed 200 000 abortions took place each year, many of them “repeats”. Official... 

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