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Health minister quoted outdated TB stats for Nigeria, South Africa

23rd May 2018 Nigeria’s fight against tuberculosis (TB) suffered a setback when a laboratory that analysed TB samples burned down in March 2018. Nigeria’s junior... 

Claim that malaria kills 756,000 Nigerian children each year incorrect

16th May 2018 Malaria is rife in Nigeria where about a quarter of global malaria deaths occur annually. But does it take the lives of over 756 000 Nigerian... 

Yes, South Africa spends as much on VIP protection & security as on land reform

9th May 2018 Compensation for land has “never in fact been prioritised in national budgets previously”, Gwen Ngwenya, the head of policy for the Democratic... 

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Uhuru Kenyatta’s 2018 State of The Nation Address fact-checked

3rd May 2018 Following a drawn-out re-election in 2017 Uhuru Kenyatta is keen on refocusing the national agenda on development. His national address looked... 

Validating ‘the truth’ about SA’s education system

25th April 2018 A South African Twitter account promises to “tell you the truth, no matter how hard it is to accept”. But are the education claims @Sowellnomics... 

No way to tell that 70% of Nigerian inmates ‘have never been convicted’

24th April 2018 Nigerian prisoners serving time in the UK may be deported home to finish their sentences in a new 112-bed wing of the Kirikiri prison complex in... 

Do 1-in-5 Nigerian adults suffer from long-term depression? World Bank revises brief

16th April 2018 Alarmed about what it said were rising suicides in Africa’s most populous country, a national newspaper in Nigeria attributed it to every fifth... 

Do South Africans each guzzle 235 litres of water per day?

13th April 2018 Debating South Africa’s 2018 State of the Nation address, president of the South African Local Government Association (SALGA) Parks Tau noted that... 

South African road agency gets traffic deaths stat wrong

12th April 2018 Road safety receives particular attention from South African authorities during the holiday period and this Easter was no different. In a social... 

SA’s serial murder & rape ‘ranking’ not supported by data

10th April 2018 South Africa’s last forensic psychologist has resigned from the police, leaving law enforcement unable to quickly identify serial crime offenders,... 

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