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‘65% of females’ in Kenyan slum traded sex for sanitary pads? Unicef & UK newspaper pull stat from thin air

‘65% of females’ in Kenyan slum traded sex for sanitary pads? Unicef & UK newspaper pull stat from thin air

By: Africa Check     25th October 2018 Seven in 10 females in Nairobi’s Kibera slum have traded sex for sanitary pads, a British online newspaper claimed in a September 2018 article.... 

Do South Africa’s civil servants get R8 out of every R10 the government spends?

Do South Africa’s civil servants get R8 out of every R10 the government spends?

By: Africa Check     24th October 2018 South Africa’s newly minted finance minister is set to deliver his first budget speech today. Ahead of the speech, Tito Mboweni commented on the... 

Does one in 10 children in Nigeria die before their 5th birthday?

Does one in 10 children in Nigeria die before their 5th birthday?

By: Africa Check     23rd October 2018 Nigeria’s social spending is shamefully low, states the ‘best and worst’ section of Oxfam’s commitment to reducing inequality index. The index... 

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Hamba Kahle uMama Agnes

Hamba Kahle uMama Agnes "Aunty Aggie" Msimang

18th October 2018 Our mother and comrade Agnes Msimang has passed away. Aunty Aggie dedicated her life to the struggle for liberation, 

Slowly improving co-ordination

Slowly improving co-ordination

9th October 2018 An acquaintance in the Union Buildings once had this profound observation of leaders since the advent of democracy: “Mandela gave us freedom, Mbeki... 

Digging up the numbers on informal mining in Nigeria

Digging up the numbers on informal mining in Nigeria

By: Africa Check     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... 

Mining, EWC and wealth extraction – the unexplored possibilities

Mining, EWC and wealth extraction – the unexplored possibilities

1st October 2018 South Africa’s land politics – and particularly the contentious drive towards Expropriation without Compensation (EWC) – is ultimately not about... 

Spectator Index tweet exaggerates Nigeria’s suicide rate

Spectator Index tweet exaggerates Nigeria’s suicide rate

By: Africa Check     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

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

By: Africa Check     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

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

By: Africa Check     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... 

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