South Africa: Are 57 Percent of South African Kids Raised Without Fathers?
57% of South African kids are raised without fathers Read more »
South Africa: Did the DA-led Western Cape Create '75% of all Jobs' in SA Last Year? 'Confusing' Claim Correct
UPDATE: This report was retracted on 25 June 2018 following concerns that important context had not been included. It has since been updated to include comment on the "confusing"… Read more »
Kenya: Does SA Invest Three Times More in Education Than Kenya?
South Africa spends three times more on education than Kenya 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 »
South Africa: The Flaw in SA's 'Real' Matric Pass Rate Figure (As Calculated By the EFF & DA)
After the release of South Africa's official matric pass rate of 75.1%, two different and much lower "real" matric pass rates were shared by political parties. Read more »
December 18, 2017
South Africa: #5facts - Getting Around in South Africa
As South Africans gear up to hit the road for the holidays, here are #5facts about the country's roads and transport trends. Read more »
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 »
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 »
October 09, 2017
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 »
September 07, 2017
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 »
September 05, 2017
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 »
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 »
August 16, 2017
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 »
July 27, 2017
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 »
July 13, 2017
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 »
July 11, 2017
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 »
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 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 »
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 01, 2017
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 »
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 19, 2017
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 »
May 18, 2017
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 »
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