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What was the voter turnout during South Africa’s last national election?
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During the 2019 national election, South Africa recorded a voter turnout of 66%, a decrease from 73.5% in 2014.


More: South Africa’s 2019 election in numbers
Does heat kill the new coronavirus?
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The World Health Organization has warned that neither taking a hot bath nor exposing yourself to sunshine or temperatures higher than 25°C will prevent Covid-19. Using a hand dryer also doesn’t kill the virus.


More: Hot baths, hot hand dryers and other heat will NOT kill coronavirus
Is the new coronavirus airborne?
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The new coronavirus spreads through droplets, which are produced when someone sneezes, coughs or talks. If you are close to someone when this happens, you could breathe in the virus.

According to the World Health Organization, “studies to date suggest that the virus that causes Covid-19 is…
What is South Africa’s GDP per capita?
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The country's GDP per capita (nominal gross domestic product divided by the mid-year population) was US$6,001 in 2019.


Related: Still misleading to say South Africa’s GDP has grown ‘three fold’ since 1994



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Promise Tracker

They campaigned and promised to change your life for the better. You voted for them. But have they kept their word? We have picked out 10 key promises made by governments in Nigeria, South Africa and Kenya and are tracking progress on them.

ANC Tracker

The African National Congress (ANC) has been in power since 1994. In 2019, it faced South African voters for the sixth time. But what is the status of promises it has made to voters in the last 10 years?

APC Tracker

Nigeria’s All Progressives Congress is up for re-election in 2019. As it makes its case to voters, how has it performed on some of the main promises it made ahead of its 2015 win?   EDITOR'S NOTE: These pledges are collated from the party’s manifesto and its covenant with Nigerians. The latter document was subject to much debate after the party sought to disavow it. The APC did walk back promises for its first 100 days in office. Other publications have collated more promises. Also, the president’s first term in office ends officially on 29 May 2019 when he’d have spent four years in office.

Jubilee Party Tracker

Kenya’s Jubilee Party has been in office since 2013, and last year won re-election. But has it delivered on the promises it made ahead of those two elections? We tracked key ones.

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