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ANC Youth League promotes debunked steam and pH ‘cures’ for Covid-19

19th January 2021 The African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) in Tshwane, South Africa, came under fire in the second week of January 2021 for sharing false... 

South Africa’s Victims of Crime Survey adds useful insights

4th January 2021 Police crime statistics provide only limited insight into the nature of crime and violence. This is not a uniquely South African problem. The same... 

‘Almost 100%’ of restaurant workers in South Africa are foreign? Official data disproves finance minister Mboweni’s claim

7th December 2020 In April 2020 South African finance minister Tito Mboweni made a startling claim about the number of foreigners working in South Africa’s... 

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No South African matric rewrite due to paper leaks, varsity acceptance unchanged

3rd December 2020 “I was watching CNN news today and they said that the matric class of 2020 will rewrite all their exams in January due to the Leaking of papers... 

Verifying Kenyan governors’ claims of progress

3rd December 2020 While 2020 has been an uncertain year for many, Kenyan politicians remained predictable in at least one way: playing up their achievements in... 

15-million ‘undocumented foreigners’ in South Africa? Herman Mashaba wrong again

20th November 2020 Herman Mashaba, former mayor of South Africa’s largest city, Johannesburg, caused a social media stir in November 2020 when he tweeted that there... 

48 000 potholes on Johannesburg’s roads? That’s not nearly the whole story

20th November 2020 Complaining about potholes is a local pastime for Johannesburg residents. Hop onto Twitter, for example, and you’ll find photos of pockmarked roads... 

Fact-checked: Kenya president’s 2020 state of the nation address

17th November 2020 In November 2020 Kenya’s president Uhuru Kenyatta reported on the state of the nation, nearly one and a half years since the last such address. The... 

#EndSARS protests: Comparing Nigeria’s health and education spending to cost of lawmaker upkeep

13th November 2020 Nigeria saw major protests over police brutality and weak governance in October 2020, with young people demanding reforms. During and after the... 

Kenya’s last economic recession was in 2002, not 1992 as major TV station claimed

13th November 2020 Kenya was one of a clutch of African countries whose 2020 economic growth could “remain positive” even as it slowed substantially, the World Bank... 

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