Africa: Still Wrong - Malaria Doesn't Kill a Child Every 30 Seconds in Africa
An old claim about the number of child deaths in Africa from malaria has surfaced again. Read more »
Nigeria: New Data Supports Claim That 15 Men Die Every Day From Prostate Cancer in Nigeria
At least 15 Nigerian men die daily from prostate cancer. That's according to a May 2019 tweet by Project Pink Blue, an Abuja-based cancer-fighting organisation. Read more »
Nigeria: Did U.S., UK, EU and AU Representatives Miss Nigerian President Buhari's Inauguration?
A message circulating online claims that the United States, United Kingdom, European Union, African Union and most of Nigeria's former heads of government were not represented at… Read more »
South Africa: No, 20 Million Nigerians Not 'Headed to South Africa' After 'Secret Meeting'
According to journalism training institute Poynter, stories on immigration are among the most fact-checked in the world. As an example, Poynter says, one in three stories reported… Read more »
South Africa: Quick Read - South Africa's 2019 Election in Numbers
How many registered voters didn't turn up? What was striking about the youth vote? We pull up a few numbers from the 8 May election. Read more »
South Africa: Do Eight Professionals Leave South Africa for Every One That Comes In?
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South Africa: Viral Message Promising R30,000 From South African Government a 'Blatant Fake'
People who worked between 1990 and 2019 "have a right to withdraw R30,000" from South Africa's government, claims a message widely shared on social networks. Read more »
Nigeria: Burden of TB in Nigeria Weighs Heavier, New Data Shows
In its April 2019 article "The tuberculosis enigma", Nigeria's the Nation newspaper quotes the World Health Organization as saying the country is "first in Africa" for the burden… Read more »
Nigeria: Nonexistent 'WHO Ratio' Widely Quoted in Uproar Over Nigeria's Doctor Brain Drain
In a TV interview that left many aghast, employment minister Chris Ngige said he wasn't worried about Nigeria losing its doctors to other countries. Read more »
South Africa: No, Thuli Madonsela Didn't Say She Was 'Tired of Black People in ANC Blaming Apartheid'
South Africa's former public protector<a target="_blank" href="http://blogs.sun.ac.za/law/faculty-trust-chair-of-social-justice/"> Thuli Madonsela</a> is a household… Read more »
South Africa: Fuel-Saving Advice By South Africa's Deputy Minister of Transport Is Fake
South Africans have seen several<a target="_blank"… Read more »
Kenya: Canada Begs Kenya for a Million Immigrants? No, This Is False
In late April 2019 several Kenyan blogs published the same story using the same photo and same headline: "Canada's prime minister begs Kenya president for one million immigrants". Read more »
Nigeria: Are There '100 Million Generators in Private Hands' in Nigeria?
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South Africa: Frequently Asked Questions About South Africa's Election System
What is proportional representation? What are its weaknesses? And what other kinds of representation are there? We answer three frequently asked questions about South Africa's… Read more »
South Africa: A Guide to Reserve Bank - 'No Manga-Manga Business'
What does the Reserve Bank do? Who owns it? And what would nationalising the bank mean? We answer nine questions about South Africa's central bank. Read more »
Africa: Tomato Paste and Coke an Emergency Tonic for Blood Donors? No, Say Experts
A message shared on social media in Nigeria advises people who donate blood to drink tomato paste and Coca-Cola as an "emergency blood tonic". Read more »
Africa: Five Steps to Fight Fake News and False Information On Whatsapp
Always ask yourself (and other users) these five questions before you forward a WhatsApp message. Be aware before you share! Read more »
South Africa: Biko Said Apartheid Would 'Use' Mandela? No, the Quote Is Fake
A quote circulating on social media suggests that anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko suspected Nelson Mandela would be "used" by the apartheid government. Biko, a founder of South… Read more »
Africa: Ramaphosa Puffs Up Jobs Numbers in Final Stretch to South Africa's Elections
As South Africa's political parties make a final push for votes ahead of the 8 May 2019 polls, ruling party leader Cyril Ramaphosa zeroed in on job creation. Read more »
Nigeria: No, World Bank Isn't Setting Up a 'Central Bank of Biafra'
A report by the Pointer News that claims the World Bank is set to establish the Central Bank of Biafra has been shared over 500 times on Facebook. Read more »
South Africa: Frequently Asked Questions About Water in South Africa
Who has access to water? How has access changed since 1994? Are South Africans satisfied with their water services? We answer three frequently asked questions about water in South… Read more »
South Africa: Frequently Asked Questions About Electricity in South Africa
Who has access to electricity? How has access changed since 1994? Are South Africans satisfied with their electricity services? We answer three frequently asked questions about… Read more »
South Africa: Frequently Asked Questions About Land Ownership and Demand in South Africa
What does the state land audit tell us about land ownership? What are its flaws? Who wants land, and why? We answer three frequently asked questions about land in South Africa. Read more »
Nigeria: Three in Four Nigerian Women Use Skin-Lighteners? No Data Supports Claim
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Nigeria: Uncertain Nigeria Population Data Makes Claim About Stunted Kids Hard to Verify
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