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Are there ‘100-million generators in private hands’ in Nigeria?

10th May 2019 During a “special open line” segment on his popular morning radio show, 702 host Bongani Bingwa asked South Africans to suggest solutions to the... 

No, SA government hasn’t built 4-million houses – and Ramaphosa didn’t promise a million in Alex

17th April 2019 South African President Cyril Ramaphosa recently brought his election campaign to Alexandra, after a week of protests about service delivery in the... 

Top Kenyan lawyer gets parliament and judiciary funding numbers wrong

3rd April 2019 As Kenya’s parliament finalises the country’s budget forecasts, its allocation to the judiciary has left a prominent lawyer unimpressed. “Look at... 

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False context: Graphic videos, photos not of recent xenophobic attacks in South Africa

2nd April 2019 South African government officials have met diplomats from other African countries to discuss reported attacks on foreign nationals in the... 

Settling the long-running DA-ANC spat over City of Tshwane finances

28th March 2019 In February 2019, South Africa’s political parties responded in parliament to President Cyril Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation Address, in what is... 

‘One South Africa for All!’ Fact-checking the DA’s 2019 election manifesto

26th March 2019 South Africa’s official opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA), launched its election manifesto in Johannesburg on 23 February 2019. The... 

World Water Day: 10 facts – some surprising – about Africa’s water

22nd March 2019 In 2019, World Water Day is focusing on the reasons why so many people still do not have safe water. To mark this day, we’re sharing some facts... 

No proof for ‘12-million jobs’ in Nigeria’s rice industry, as presidential aide claimed

19th March 2019 Rice has become a staple food in Nigeria, Africa’s most populated country, making the industry a priority for governments wanting to improve their... 

Does South Africa’s finance minister have his job creation numbers right?

14th March 2019 In a speech peppered with biblical quotes and many tales about plants, finance minister Tito Mboweni outlined his budget for South Africa on 20... 

The jewel in the crown: Lagos governor hopefuls fact-checked

8th March 2019 Nigerians again hit the polling booths on 9 March 2019, this time to vote in governors and state assemblies. To help inform voters, The City that... 

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