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‘For the people, by the people’: Fact-checking 7 claims in Rise Mzansi’s election manifesto

By: Africa Check     20th February 2024 The new kid on the block, Rise Mzansi, launched its election manifesto on 20 January 2024. The People’s Manifesto was compiled after “almost a... 

Institute of Race Relations

Prioritising growth key to dispelling cynicism, and turning SA around

14th February 2024 The cynicism pervading the commentary around last week’s State of the Nation Address (SoNA) was entirely predictable, and had been foreshadowed in... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa

SoNA 2024 – Institutional incentives, not political affiliation, create prosperity

13th February 2024 President Cyril Ramaphosa’s 2024 State of the Nation Address (SoNA) has, as expected, drawn mixed reactions. The speech placed strong emphasis on... 

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Africa Check

‘Democracy’s child’: fact-checking South African president Cyril Ramaphosa’s 2024 state of the nation address

By: Africa Check     9th February 2024 In a marked departure from recent years, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa's eighth state of the nation address started on time, helped in no... 

Africa Check

Bad maths, flawed sources and false claims: Kenya’s education minister, others get key education statistics wrong

By: Africa Check     8th February 2024 Kenya's education system has been under a relentless spotlight in recent months, with the government criticised for both underfunding and... 


Promises, promises: Following up on Cyril Ramaphosa’s 2023 state of the nation pledges

By: Africa Check     7th February 2024 “We gather here at a time of crisis,” said president Cyril Ramaphosa during his 2023 state of the nation address. Highlighting loadshedding,... 

Africa Check

Are Nigerians buying the 22nd cheapest petrol in the world? Experts say this is a flawed and misleading comparison

By: Africa Check     31st January 2024 At the start of 2024, a number of Nigerian newspapers reported that the West African country was the 22nd cheapest place in the world to buy... 

Africa Check

Ruto under pressure? Verifying eight claims on Kenya’s economy and its population

By: Africa Check     30th January 2024 Kenya’s debt burden remains an issue of national debate, as picked up by the artificial intelligence (AI) tool Africa Check uses to monitor public... 

Africa Check

Nigeria’s youth unemployment rate at 53.4%? Cryptocurrency firm goes wrong

By: Africa Check     29th January 2024 In January 2024, cryptocurrency company Pioneers shared a list of youth unemployment rates in different countries on X, the social media platform... 


Four global trends tailor-made to create South African jobs

25th January 2024 The Defend our Democracy-hosted nine-webinar series, led by John Matisonn, providing an innovative forum for discussion, ideas and reflections on... 

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