South Africa: Handwashing 101 - Dettol's Disease-Busting Claims Under the Microscope
Just how likely are you to avoid diarrhea or the flu by regularly washing your hands? And how big a toll does diarrhea take among the very young? Read more »
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 »
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 »
South Africa: No Way to Verify Whether 80 Percent of Same-Sex Marriages in SA Are By Afrikaans Speakers
One language group in South Africa seemed to have leapt at the opportunity to enter into same-sex marriages - if a version of Wikipedia is to be believed. Read more »
South Africa: Mayor's 'Absurd' Claim That Undocumented Foreigners Make Up 80% of Joburg Inner City
Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba is a year into his job and trying to make good on election promises to clean up the inner city. Yet different sources of data contradicts his… Read more »
South Africa: No - Heart Disease Is Not SA's Leading Cause of Death, As Health24 Tweeted
September is Heart Awareness Month in South Africa, aiming to focus attention on cardiovascular disease. But could it be South Africa's leading cause of death? Read more »
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 »
South Africa: Where Is the Mandela Quote in the Most-Liked Tweet Ever From?
A tweet by former US president Barack Obama in response to violence in the US town of Charlottesville has become the most-liked tweet in Twitter's history. Read more »
South Africa: Does 1 in 5 South African Kids Skip Breakfast, As an Ad Said?
Emphasising the importance of a healthy breakfast, a South African margarine brand claimed that one in five South African children don't eat one. Read more »
South Africa: Femicide - Three Numbers About the Murdering of Women Investigated
After the murder of young Johannesburg woman Karabo Mokoena (22) - allegedly by her ex-lover - the usual discussion about how to end femicide in South Africa followed. Africa Check… Read more »
South Africa: No Scientific Credibility to Claim That Vaping Is 95 Percent Safer Than Traditional Cigarettes
Tobacco smokers turn to battery-powered electronic cigarettes, some containing nicotine, in places where smoking is banned or to help them quit. Many believe "vaping" is much less… Read more »
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 »
South Africa: Are Fewer Than 6,000 Babies Born HIV+ Every Year, As Zuma Said?
South Africa's President Jacob Zuma highlighted the success of his administration's HIV policies in parliament recently. Does official data back up his claim that fewer than 6,000… Read more »
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 »
South Africa: Levels of Child Sexual Abuse Even Higher Than Activist Claimed
A South African activist said in radio interview that a quarter of girls and 17% of boys would be sexually abused before their 18th birthday. This turned out to be an… Read more »
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 »
South Africa: Does Rooibos Tea Reduce Stress Hormones, Helping You Lose Weight?
The idea that South Africa's iconic rooibos herbal tea can help you lose weight frequently pops up in publications. Read more »
South Africa: Is Suicide the 3rd Leading Cause of Death for Ages 15-24?
A South African community newspaper has claimed only car accidents and murder kill more young people in the country. The data doesn't support the claim. Read more »
South Africa: President Zuma's Track Record - 7 Claims About #progress Fact-Checked
In a series of tweets, the South African presidency presented governmental progress in celebration of President Jacob Zuma 75th birthday. Our readers voted for these 7 claims to be… Read more »
South Africa: No, Higher Education Budget Has Not Increased 6 Times Under Zuma
A South African minister held that the country's budget for higher education had "multiplied 6 times" under President Jacob Zuma. But treasury figures do not back this up. Read more »
South Africa: How Many SA Municipalities Lose More Than 37 Percent of Their Water?
World Water Day was celebrated this week, placing the spotlight on the frugal use of this resource. It's then worrying to report that the water records of most South African… Read more »
South Africa: Is South Africa 'Feeding Its People Toxins', As the IFP Alleges?
Calling for a probe into "a possible crime against humanity", a South African political party wants to halt the use of a weed-killer on major food crops. But do claims by the… Read more »
South Africa: Afrikaans Schools Produced 16 Percent of SA's Maths Distinctions - Not 88 Percent
Author and Afrikaner activist Dan Roodt incorrectly tweeted that pupils from Afrikaans schools bagged 88% of the country's mathematics distinctions. Read more »
Africa: Videos Supposedly Showing 'Carnage of Foreigners' Unlikely From South Africa
Two graphic, violent videos are being shared online as examples of xenophobic violence against foreigners in South Africa. However, online verification tools suggest their source… Read more »
South Africa: Is the EFF Correct That Military Officers 'Don't Belong' By SA Parliament's Door?
An Economic Freedom Fighters MP told the national assembly that two military officers stationed at the doors "must leave the house" as they "don't belong here". But the presence of… Read more »
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