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Fact-checking president Ramaphosa: Have 51% of South African women experienced intimate partner violence?

6th July 2020 South Africa experienced a “dark and shameful week” in June 2020, according to president Cyril Ramaphosa.  In a statement on 13 June, Ramaphosa... 

Alcohol burdens hospitals, but no evidence for South African police minister’s ‘baffling’ numbers

2nd July 2020 South Africa has been in lockdown to prevent the spread of Covid-19 since late March 2020. During the early weeks of the lockdown, people could... 

No, Nigeria hasn’t found Covid-19 vaccine yet – but hunt is on

25th June 2020 Has Nigeria developed a vaccine against Covid-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus?  News of this potentially significant development was... 


Up in smoke: Roughly R35m in tobacco tax revenues lost daily during South Africa’s lockdown

17th June 2020 Smokers in South Africa are grumpy. The sale of tobacco products has been banned in the country since a national lockdown was implemented on 27... 

Are women three times as likely to live to over 100 than men in Kenya? Not exactly

30th April 2020 The staggered release of Kenya’s population data following the 2019 census continues to provide new insights into the country’s demographics. The... 

More than an inconvenience: Alcohol ban could help South Africans fight Covid-19 infection

17th April 2020 The South African government recently warned its nearly 400 000 Twitter followers to avoid alcohol.  “It weakens the immune system!” the tweet... 

South Africa has more than 800 ICU beds – but exactly how many is unclear

9th April 2020 “We only have 800 ICU beds in the whole country,” reads a message shared on WhatsApp in South Africa. A user sent the message to Africa Check’s... 

South African mayor incorrect about Covid-19 ‘vaccine’

30th March 2020 South Africa went into lockdown on 27 March 2020, as the government tries to control the spread of the new coronavirus.  There are now more than... 

Are 40% of South African women raped in their lifetime and only 8.6% of perpetrators jailed?

26th March 2020 A newspaper advert from South African advocacy organisation Rape Crisis was shared on Twitter on 26 February 2020. The ad is printed across a... 

No, spekboom isn’t more effective than the Amazon rainforest at ‘sucking carbon’ out of the atmosphere

5th March 2020 The latest popular effort to help reverse climate change is to pull carbon out of the atmosphere and store it in plant form – the spekboom plant,... 

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