Nigeria: The Challenge of Keeping Nigeria's Lights On
Why are so many Nigerian homes still in the dark despite far-reaching reforms? In this factsheet, we test the charge on Nigeria’s electricity challenge. Read more »
Nigeria: Is Unemployment Rate 18.8%, As Widely Tweeted?
When an account called Spectator Index tweeted that Nigeria's unemployment rate was 18.8%, some expressed doubt. Read more »
South Africa: Factsheet - Measuring South Africa's (Black) Middle Class
How big is South Africa's middle class - especially its black component - and who belongs to it? Here are five main ways in which it can be measured. Read more »
South Africa: Zuma's Broken Promise - Mpumalanga High Court in SA Not Yet Completed
A parked bulldozer and piles of sand awaited Africa Check when we went to verify whether President Jacob Zuma has kept his promise of a high court for Mpumalanga. Read more »
Africa: Factsheet - Africa's Single Air Market - Getting From a to B Without Going Via Z
Eligible airlines will be allowed to transact their business in the region unfettered, or so the latest Pan-African agreement says. Africans hope it gets off the ground this time. Read more »
December 07, 2017
South Africa: Zuma Wrong - More Than 34 Percent of SA Homes Had Electricity Access in 1994
What share of South African households had access to electricity in 1994? Read more »
December 06, 2017
South Africa: #5Facts - Water in South Africa
While residents in South Africa's economic capital of Johannesburg seek shelter from current rains, Cape Town residents are being pressured to further reduce their water… Read more »
November 29, 2017
Nigeria: Taking Stock of 5 Claims in Buhari's 2018 Budget Speech
Nigeria's president is firmly back in the driving seat after two medical leaves of absence. Now mid-term, President Muhammadu Buhari has outlined his spending plans for 2018. But… Read more »
November 23, 2017
Zimbabwe: No, Daily Mail - Zimbabwe Isn't 'The Second Poorest Country On the Planet'
Showing what it said was the extravagant lifestyle of Zimbabwe's wealthy and well-connected young elite, UK tabloid Daily Mail sought to contrast their living standards with those… Read more »
October 20, 2017
Nigeria: Does a Nigerian Lawmaker Earn More Than U.S. President Donald Trump?
Terming it "strange, unthinkable and very disheartening", the leader of a Nigerian pro-reform group castigated the "monumental" pay of the country's lawmakers. Read more »
September 19, 2017
Kenya: Did Historic Court Ruling Wipe Out Nearly U.S.$1 Billion From Stock Exchange?
The surprise decision by Kenya’s top court to annul the presidential election cost the stock market billions of shillings, deputy president William Ruto said. Read more »
September 14, 2017
Africa: Does Africa Only Have 3 Facilities to Repair Aircraft?
To attract investors, Nigeria's Kaduna state wants to repair aircraft. But would its planned facility be only the fourth on the continent, as the state's governor's account… Read more »
August 29, 2017
South Africa: Black Ownership On SA's Stock Exchange - What We Know
Black participation in the Johannesburg Stock Exchange continues to be the topic of heated debate in South Africa. This guide explains the different estimates and the methodologies… Read more »
July 20, 2017
Nigeria: Is Oil-Rich Rivers State Safer Than Lagos, Kano & 3 Others As Its Governor Claimed?
The governor of Nigeria's Rivers state is wooing investors. As part of Nyesom Wike's pitch, he insists that his administration's investments in security in the southern state are… Read more »
June 29, 2017
Nigeria: Has Nigeria Ever Allocated More Than 30 Percent of Its Budget to Infrastructure Projects?
Looking to spur an ailing economy, Nigeria’s acting president recently signed the 2017 budget into law, following months of delay. Read more »
June 26, 2017
South Africa: 98 Percent of South African Airways' Spending Didn't Go to White-Owned Companies
A South African minister's claim that the national airline spends just 2% on black-owned companies caused a stir. This report presents the facts. Read more »
June 23, 2017
Nigeria: Are 30 of Nigeria's 36 States Behind On Pension Payouts?
For decades, the plight of retired people in Nigeria has been dire. Pensioners have died while queueing for their cheques while many don't receive them at all. Are most of… Read more »
June 06, 2017
South Africa: Can You Trace a Missing Person Using Their Phone's IMEI Number... Even When It's Off?
Researched by Ina Skosana & Gopolang Makou Read more »
June 04, 2017
Africa: Are Mexican Farmers Benefitting From Kenya's Maize Crisis?
Raila Odinga, Kenya's main opposition candidate, claimed that foreign maize farmers are benefiting at the expense of Kenyan growers following a food crisis. We weighed up the… Read more »
May 26, 2017
South Africa: No Evidence for Govt's 'Truly Amazing' House Delivery Rate
South Africa's housing minister claims that her department delivers 1,200 houses per day. Departmental statistics suggests it's a third of that. Read more »
May 24, 2017
Africa: Is 80% of Africa's Population Without Electricity?
The head of Africa at the World Economic Forum recently said that only about 20% of Africans have access to electricity. We pulled the data. Read more »
February 22, 2017
Kenya: Is Salaries 'Only One' of 31 Items in Striking Doctors Deal?
A commentator on Kenyan national television said that only one of the demands by the country's long-striking doctors was about pay. We dissected the agreement at the centre of the… Read more »
February 09, 2017
South Africa: Facts or Alternative Facts? Zuma's 10th State of the Nation Address Checked
Africa Check sorted fact from fiction in the tenth State of the Nation address South Africa's President Jacob Zuma delivered. Read more »
May 24, 2016
Africa: Does Nigeria's Kaduna State Have More Gold Than South Africa?
The governor of Kaduna state in Nigeria, Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai, told potential investors that the state has "all the data" to prove that it has more gold than South Africa. Where is… Read more »
April 19, 2016
South Africa: Mail Online's Claim of 400,000+ Poor Whites in South Africa Incorrect
The UK Mail Online claimed that more than 400,000 white South Africans live in poverty. National data suggests that the number is less than a quarter of that. Read more »
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