South Africa: Not #healthyliving - Why These City of Joburg Tweets Are Nonsense
The Johannesburg local government in South Africa has started tweeting "healthy living" tips to its sizable audience. Here are two instances where it should have rather stuck to… 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 »
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 »
Nigeria: Do SA, Nigeria Have Fewer Cardiologists for Their Populations Than Senegal?
Senegal has a better cardiologists-to-population ratio than countries like South Africa and Nigeria, a prominent Senegalese heart specialist said. We looked closely at the numbers. Read more »
Kenya: Is There 1 Police Officer Serving Every 390 Kenyans, As Kenyatta Said?
Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta claimed that 1 police officer serves every 390 of his citizens, while the UN recommends 1 for every 450. We took on the case of checking whether… Read more »
South Africa: Reality Check - Are SA Pupils the 'Most Bullied' in the World?
South African pupils are "the most bullied kids in the world", according to the country's education minister. The Africa Check team sharpened their pencils to verify the claim. Read more »
Africa: Yes, South Africans Drink the Most in Africa
South Africans drink, get behind the wheel and cause thousands of road deaths per year, the BBC recently highlighted. In fact, the country's people drink on average the most of 53… Read more »
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 »
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 »
South Africa: Is Male Chauvinism to Blame for Nearly 80 Percent of Road Deaths in SA?
The "male stubborn and chauvinistic attitude" accounted for 78.4% of traffic deaths in the first 19 days of December 2016, South Africa's minister of transport claimed. How did she… Read more »
South Africa: 'Totally Out of the Question' That a Third of Malawi's Population Live in SA
South African television programme Carte Blanche investigated the fraught journey to South Africa many Malawians experience. But their hard-hitting figure that "almost one-third of… Read more »
South Africa: Zuma's ANC Birthday Speech - 6 Claims Fact-Checked
Cake was cut and songs were sung at South Africa's ruling party's 105th birthday celebrations on 8 January. This factcheck investigates six claims made in President Jacob Zuma'… Read more »
Nigeria: Nigeria Doesn't Have World's Most Butterflies
It may have been listed as a "fun fact", but the claim that Nigeria hosts more butterfly species than anywhere else is incorrect. Read more »
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 »
December 12, 2016
Gambia: Gambia's Jammeh Not the First President to Concede Defeat Before Official Results
Gambian President Yahya Jammeh's initial acceptance of his electoral defeat last week, before full results were out, was something that had "never happened elsewhere", the head of… Read more »
December 08, 2016
South Africa: Is 'About 40 Percent' of Johannesburg's Water Used to Irrigate Gardens?
A Johannesburg mayoral committee member has claimed that "about 40%" of the city's water is used to irrigate gardens. While South Africans need to be serious about saving water,… Read more »
December 07, 2016
Nigeria: Is SA #1 in the World for Death, Nigeria for Scrabble Players & Kenya for Tea?
A map supposedly showing what each country in the world ranks tops for has made headlines. We inspected the claims about South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria. Read more »
November 24, 2016
South Africa: 3,600 Panties for 3,600 Rapes Per Day in SA? Everything That's Wrong With This Stat
South African artists claim that 3,600 rapes are committed every day in South Africa. However, their calculations and methodology are flawed. Read more »
November 23, 2016
Africa: Do Fumes From Cooking Smoke Kill 600,000 Africans Yearly?
A policy think-tank has tweeted that indoor air pollution caused by cooking smoke kills 600,000 Africans every year. But estimating such deaths is not that exact. Read more »
November 17, 2016
Africa: Fake-News Alert - Male Circumcision Not Linked to Cancer of the Penis
A news story saying that South Africa's health minister urged men not to undergo voluntary circumcision as it can cause cancer of the penis is going viral. Not only is the claim… Read more »
November 09, 2016
South Africa: Are South Africans the Eighth Highest Sugar Consumers in the World?
The director of a health think-tank recently said South Africans are the 8th highest consumers of sugar worldwide. Available but incomplete data ranks the country much lower. Read more »
November 07, 2016
Africa: World TB Deaths Shoot Up - On Paper
Medical humanitarian organisation Doctors Without Borders said that more people are dying of tuberculosis but the claim is misleading. Read more »
November 01, 2016
South Africa: Johannesburg Not the Only Mayoral Committee With 50 Percent Women
Does the City of Johannesburg stand apart for having an equal number of women and men serving on its mayoral committee? Business LIVE misquoted the spokesman of the city's new… Read more »
October 12, 2016
South Africa: Statistic That Child Goes Missing Every 5 Hours Incorrect
A much circulated statistic claims that a child goes missing every 5 hours in South Africa but it is based on outdated data. Read more »
September 06, 2016
South Africa: Number of HIV+ Babies Born in SA Less Than Half UK Guardian's Figure
An old figure quoted by the UK's Guardian newspaper overstates the share of HIV+ mothers transmitting the virus to their babies in South Africa. Read more »
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