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 »
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 »
August 02, 2016
South Africa: SA's Local Government Election - 3 Final ANC, DA & EFF Fact-Checks
The leaders of the ANC, DA and EFF - President Jacob Zuma, Mmusi Maimane and Julius Malema - pulled out all stops in their parties' final local government election rallies at the… Read more »
July 28, 2016
South Africa: Is Zuma Right That Mpumalanga Has Eliminated 98 Percent of Bucket Toilets?
President Jacob Zuma told Mpumalanga residents that their province has managed to eliminate 98% of bucket toilets between 2014 and 2015. Is that so? 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 »