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South African Airways has lost billions in seven unprofitable years

6th December 2018 South Africa’s new finance minister, Tito Mboweni, has spoken openly about what needs to be done to solve the country’s economic problems. He... 

Do 49% of men and 34.1% of women in South Africa smoke?

5th December 2018 Does South Africa have a huge number of smokers? A tweet by the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World says so: “49% of men and 34.1% of women in South... 

Yes, China is Kenya’s biggest trading partner – but it’s not a balanced trade

4th December 2018 Kenya’s trade with China is rarely far from the headlines. The latest is a widely reported claim that China could seize Kenya’s assets over debt.... 

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Is South Africa’s Mpumalanga province the ‘world’s largest air pollution hotspot’?

3rd December 2018 South Africa’s coal-rich Mpumalanga province is the “world’s largest air pollution hotspot”, an international environmental group recently... 

Yes, Nigeria is the world’s ‘highest producer of HIV-infected babies’

27th November 2018 Under the headline “Nigeria highest producer of HIV-infected babies”, the Sun newspaper reported on a new project to prevent the virus from being... 

Does Gauteng make up a third of South Africa’s GDP? And is it Africa’s seventh biggest economy?

20th November 2018 South Africa’s Gauteng province beat several other African locations to host the Africa Investment Forum, premier David Makhura said in early... 

Does Kenya’s tea-rich Kericho county get ‘nothing’ for its green gold?

16th November 2018 How resources are shared can be a source of friction between Kenya’s central government and its 47 new counties. Established by the 2010... 

Has Buhari’s government plunged Nigeria into $80 billion in debt?

13th November 2018 Nigeria’s 2019 elections are just months away, and Peter Obi, the recently announced Peoples Democratic Party candidate for vice president, has... 

Buhari campaign gets its numbers wrong about ‘record’ Nigeria agricultural exports

1st November 2018 One of Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari’s key promises in his bid for re-election in 2019 is to create more jobs in agriculture. A top official... 

Is top ruling Jubilee Party official right about who is paying income tax in Kenya?

31st October 2018 Kenyan taxpayers are unhappy after President Uhuru Kenyatta signed off on a law that increased taxes on many goods and services, including an 8%... 

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