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Do just 700 000 public workers gobble up half of Kenya’s taxes, as Ruto said?

14th December 2017 Kenya’s public wage bill is stubbornly defying government efforts to rein it in, a frustrated-sounding Kenyan deputy president William Ruto said.... 

Handwashing 101: Dettol’s disease-busting claims under the microscope

11th December 2017 When we talk about the spread of disease, coughs and sneezes immediately come to mind. Yet one of the major ways diseases spread happens when we... 

#5facts: Water in South Africa

7th December 2017 While residents in South Africa’s economic capital of Johannesburg seek shelter from current rains, Cape Town residents are being pressured to... 

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Hit or miss? Taking stock of 5 claims in Buhari’s 2018 budget speech

30th November 2017 Nigeria’s lawmakers are debating President Muhammadu Buhari’s 2018 spending plan. Buhari unveiled his proposed budget in early November 2017, as he... 

Anti-poverty group misleads with patchwork of data on women’s education in Africa

27th November 2017 To highlight the difficulties women worldwide face in trying to get an education, anti-poverty campaign group ONE recently published a report... 

SA billboard likely understates child ‘hunger’ deaths

8th November 2017 South Africa’s national airline is robbing South Africans of resources that could be put to better use, the country’s Democratic Alliance (DA)... 

Yes, SA has less water per person than Botswana & Namibia

3rd November 2017 Writing about the impact of invasive alien plants on South Africa’s waterways, a local news site recently reported that the country has “less water... 

Does Nigeria have the most people with diabetes in sub-Saharan Africa?

2nd November 2017 Diabetes is a growing concern for Nigeria, a drug multinational executive said ahead of a recent summit on the chronic disease in Lagos. “About... 

FACT-CHECKED: 2 claims about slavery & ‘child prostitutes’ in SA

27th October 2017 In mid-October 2017, a “Walk for Freedom” was organised in Cape Town, South Africa, by international anti-slavery organisation A21. Close to 1,000... 

Does a Nigerian lawmaker earn more than US President Donald Trump?

20th October 2017 Terming it “strange, unthinkable and very disheartening”, the leader of a Nigerian pro-reform group castigated the “monumental” pay of the... 

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