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ANC at 107: Eight birthday claims by party leader Ramaphosa fact-checked

14th January 2019 With the stakes high in an election year, South Africa’s ruling party sought to play up its achievements in the 25 years it has been in power.... 

500 000 or 200 000? President’s numbers for mortgages in Kenya both wide of the mark

8th January 2019 In a recent interview on the state of the nation, President Uhuru Kenyatta said he was frustrated by how few people in Kenya had taken up home... 

No, Kenya’s capital Nairobi doesn’t rake in KSh10bn a year from Murang’a water

11th December 2018 Kenya’s young county governments are under pressure to make ends meet. As a result, some are laying claim to the national resources in their... 


South African Airways has lost billions in seven unprofitable years

6th December 2018 South Africa’s new finance minister, Tito Mboweni, has spoken openly about what needs to be done to solve the country’s economic problems. He... 

Do 49% of men and 34.1% of women in South Africa smoke?

5th December 2018 Does South Africa have a huge number of smokers? A tweet by the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World says so: “49% of men and 34.1% of women in South... 

Yes, China is Kenya’s biggest trading partner – but it’s not a balanced trade

4th December 2018 Kenya’s trade with China is rarely far from the headlines. The latest is a widely reported claim that China could seize Kenya’s assets over debt.... 

Is South Africa’s Mpumalanga province the ‘world’s largest air pollution hotspot’?

3rd December 2018 South Africa’s coal-rich Mpumalanga province is the “world’s largest air pollution hotspot”, an international environmental group recently... 

Yes, Nigeria is the world’s ‘highest producer of HIV-infected babies’

27th November 2018 Under the headline “Nigeria highest producer of HIV-infected babies”, the Sun newspaper reported on a new project to prevent the virus from being... 

Does Gauteng make up a third of South Africa’s GDP? And is it Africa’s seventh biggest economy?

20th November 2018 South Africa’s Gauteng province beat several other African locations to host the Africa Investment Forum, premier David Makhura said in early... 

Does Kenya’s tea-rich Kericho county get ‘nothing’ for its green gold?

16th November 2018 How resources are shared can be a source of friction between Kenya’s central government and its 47 new counties. Established by the 2010... 

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