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Does SA’s private healthcare sector only serve 16% of the population?

8th August 2017 South Africa is regarded as an outlier in healthcare spend because it invests “huge amounts of money on few people”, the country’s health minister... 

The presidential debate that wasn’t: Did Kenya’s Odinga get his facts straight?

31st July 2017 After a first presidential debate failed to take off, a rescheduled one took place on Monday 24 July in Nairobi. Only three of six candidates... 

The man who debated himself: 2 claims by Kenya presidency hopeful rated

21st July 2017 Ahead of Kenya’s general election in early August, eight TV stations and over 30 radio stations got together to organise a series of debates for... 

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Is oil-rich Rivers state safer than Lagos, Kano & 3 others as its governor claimed?

20th July 2017 The governor of Nigeria’s Rivers state is wooing investors. As part of Nyesom Wike’s pitch, he insists that his administration’s investments in... 

Femicide in SA: 3 numbers about the murdering of women investigated

13th July 2017 South Africans “must be extremely worried” about the number of women being murdered in the country, Minister Nathi Mthethwa told a femicide imbizo... 

No scientific credibility to claim that vaping is 95% safer than traditional cigarettes

11th July 2017 South Africa’s advertising watchdog ordered electronic cigarette seller Twisp to pull a radio ad saying its products are “95% safer than smoking”.... 

Fact-checked: 5 claims in Kenya Nasa opposition manifesto

7th July 2017 It’s promises season in Kenya, as the country looks to a general election on 8 August. This week we fact-checked the ruling Jubilee party’s... 

The Jubilee Party manifesto: 4 claims fact-checked

3rd July 2017 Kenya’s ruling Jubilee Party is seeking a second term in a general election on August 8 2017. To bolster its case, on 26 June it released its... 

Has Nigeria never allocated more than 30% of its budget to infrastructure projects?

30th June 2017 Looking to spur an ailing economy, Nigeria’s acting president recently signed the 2017 budget into law, following months of delay. The country last... 

98% of South African Airways’ spending didn’t go to white-owned companies

27th June 2017 South Africa’s police minister has accused South African Airways (SAA), the country’s national airline, of being guilty of a “despicable crime... 

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