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 24, 2017
Africa: Is 80% of Africa's Population Without Electricity?
The head of Africa at the World Economic Forum recently said that only about 20% of Africans have access to electricity. We pulled the data. 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 »
April 23, 2017
Kenya: Is Nairobi's Governor Right That the City 'Never Had' a Development Plan Before Him?
Nairobi governor Evans Kidero claimed that when he was elected in 2013, he inherited a city that "never had" a development strategy before. But Africa Check counted several growth… Read more »
April 21, 2017
South Africa: President Zuma's Track Record - 7 Claims About #progress Fact-Checked
In a series of tweets, the South African presidency presented governmental progress in celebration of President Jacob Zuma 75th birthday. Our readers voted for these 7 claims to be… 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 »
April 06, 2017
South Africa: No, Higher Education Budget Has Not Increased 6 Times Under Zuma
A South African minister held that the country's budget for higher education had "multiplied 6 times" under President Jacob Zuma. But treasury figures do not back this up. Read more »
March 29, 2017
Nigeria: Nigerian Girls' Plight - Claims About Teen Marriage & Pregnancy Fact-Checked
A vocal Nigerian Islamic ruler told elites from the country's northern region earlier this year to stop building mosques and rather channel resources to educating girls and… 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 »
March 15, 2017
Africa: No, There Is No 'Miracle Recipe' That Cures Diabetes
A Philippine doctor claims to have discovered a recipe - consisting of sweet peppers, eggs and sea salt - that eliminates diabetes "in five minutes". But it has not been… Read more »
February 28, 2017
Nigeria: Is It So Bad in Nigeria's North-East That Almost All Children Under 5 Have Died?
The New York Times tweeted that almost all children younger than 5 have died in north-eastern Nigeria, where the terror group Boko Haram has displaced nearly 1.8 million people. Read more »
February 27, 2017
Africa: Videos Supposedly Showing 'Carnage of Foreigners' Unlikely From South Africa
Two graphic, violent videos are being shared online as examples of xenophobic violence against foreigners in South Africa. However, online verification tools suggest their source… Read more »
South Africa: Is South Africa 'Feeding Its People Toxins', As the IFP Alleges?
Calling for a probe into "a possible crime against humanity", a South African political party wants to halt the use of a weed-killer on major food crops. But do claims by the… Read more »
February 23, 2017
South Africa: Afrikaans Schools Produced 16 Percent of SA's Maths Distinctions - Not 88 Percent
Author and Afrikaner activist Dan Roodt incorrectly tweeted that pupils from Afrikaans schools bagged 88% of the country's mathematics distinctions. Read more »
February 22, 2017
Kenya: Is Salaries 'Only One' of 31 Items in Striking Doctors Deal?
A commentator on Kenyan national television said that only one of the demands by the country's long-striking doctors was about pay. We dissected the agreement at the centre of the… Read more »
February 21, 2017
South Africa: Claim That 13 Million International Migrants Live in South Africa Wildly Incorrect
A South African political party leader's incorrect claim that 13 million foreign-born migrants live in the country is in part based on a debunked claim shared by an investigative… Read more »
South Africa: No Data Shows That 800,000 Nigerians Live in South Africa
As xenophobic violence rears its head again in South Africa, a widely quoted figure of how many Nigerians live in South Africa is completely unsupported. Read more »
February 17, 2017
Nigeria: Correct? Nigeria's Kogi State Had No Working Fire Engine When I Took Over - Governor
The governor of Nigeria's Kogi state recently said there was no working fire engine for the region's 4.4 million people when he took office. We looked into this claim. Read more »
February 16, 2017
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 »
February 10, 2017
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 »
February 09, 2017
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 »
February 08, 2017
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 »
February 01, 2017
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 »
January 30, 2017
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 »
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