December 11, 2017
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 »
November 27, 2017
Africa: Anti-Poverty Group Misleads With Patchwork of Data On Women's Education in Africa
Anti-poverty campaign group ONE is shining a spotlight on 10 countries, nine of them in Africa, where girls find it "toughest" to get an education. But does the data bear this out? Read more »
June 14, 2017
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 »
April 11, 2017
Africa: Do Dairy Products Increase Your Risk of Cancer?
Could dairy products such as milk, cheese and yoghurt increase your risk of cancer? We put this alarming assertion under the microscope. Read more »
March 23, 2017
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 »
January 24, 2017
Nigeria: Do Fewer Than 20% of Nigerians Have Access to Oral Health Services?
Nigeria's health minister has claimed that at least eight in every 10 people in the country of an estimated 193 million lack access to oral health care services. What data is… Read more »
January 23, 2017
Africa: No, 70% of American Foreign Aid Is Not 'Stolen Off the Top'
The office of a US senator cited articles about Nigeria and Malawi as proof that more than two-thirds of American aid to developing countries is stolen. While theft is real there… Read more »
January 03, 2017
Africa: Anti-Vaccination Blog Revives Debunked HPV Story
Did vaccinations against the human papillomavirus (HPV) cause several Indian girls' deaths? As with many false claims, a blog post about this took a thread of fact and wove a… Read more »
August 31, 2016
South Africa: SA's Proposed Sugar Tax - Claims About Calories and Job Losses Checked
South Africans may be paying more for sugary drinks if a proposed sugar tax is introduced. Will the implications be as far reaching as the soft drink industry claims? We checked. Read more »
August 18, 2016
South Africa: Do 'Vast Numbers' of Refugee and Migrant Children Rely On Social Services?
With a large migrant community in South Africa, both documented and undocumented, do a "vast number" of the "refugee and migrant children end up at the door of our social services… Read more »
August 08, 2016
Zimbabwe: Is Condom Use Per Person Highest in the World?
Zimbabwe had 157 million male and female condoms available in 2015 and a relatively high self-reported use of condoms among adults who have multiple sexual partnerships. But is… Read more »
July 27, 2016
Africa: UN Chief On HIV/Aids - 3 Claims By Ban Ki-Moon Scrutinised
United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-moon's address to the AIDS 2016 conference may not have made headlines. But he pointed out crucial statistics about the fight against… Read more »
July 14, 2016
South Africa: Democratic Alliance Wrong to Claim 67 Percent of Cape Town's Budget Spent On Poor Communities
The Democratic Alliance, and many of its senior members, claimed that the City of Cape Town municipality spends 67% of its budget in poor communities. But the evidence that they… Read more »
July 07, 2016
South Africa: Where Are the Receipts for 795 Schools Zuma Says SA Government Built?
South African president Jacob Zuma claims government has built 795 schools since 2009. Is there evidence to back this up? Read more »
July 06, 2016
South Africa: Are Up to a Third of South Africans At Risk of Having an 'Alcohol Problem'?
Warning against the dangers of substance abuse, the South African presidency claimed that up to a third of the country's people could be at risk of having an alcohol problem. Does… Read more »
June 30, 2016
Liberia: Are Girls More Likely to Be Wives Than Literate?
Pulitzer Prize winning American author Tina Rosenberg has claimed that a Liberian woman is more likely to be married by 18 than to know how to read. The claim is not supported by… Read more »
June 23, 2016
South Africa: Do 15 Percent of SA's Population Have a Drug Problem? We Fact-Check 4 'Shocking Stats'
In a newsletter that goes to 700,000 medical aid members a health insurance company presented "shocking South African drug statistics". But are these claims factually accurate? 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 »
May 19, 2016
South Africa: Is the ANC 'Advancing People's Power'? We Fact-Check Key Election Claims
The African National Congress rules the majority of South Africa's municipalities. Ahead of the local government election on 3 August, we fact-checked key claims in their… Read more »
May 10, 2016
South Africa: Are There 13, 14 or 15 Million Hungry People in South Africa?
Estimates of the number of hungry people in South Africa fluctuate around 14 million. The most recent nationally representative data suggests the figure is much lower. Read more »
April 21, 2016
Africa: Does an African Child Die From Malaria Every 30 Seconds?
Earlier this year a science news website claimed that an African child dies of malaria every 30 seconds. But the latest and best estimate shows that it is just under every two… Read more »
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