From May, the law requires South Africans to install car seats for babies and toddlers. The Times was wrong to claim recently that road crashes are the leading cause of all deaths among under-fives – though traffic accidents cause most injury-related deaths.
Factsheet: FACTSHEET: Nigeria’s election
With a week to go before polling, Nigeria’s election commission has announced a six-week delay in voting. Africa Check looks at the issues at stake in what has been called the most closely contested election to date in the Fourth Republic.
A report published by the World Economic Forum (WEF) has ranked the quality of South Africa’s maths and science education last out of 148 countries. But is the ranking an accurate reflection of the state of schooling in the country?
Rape advocacy campaign Blow the Whistle says every 36 seconds someone is raped in SA and therefore 74,400 women will be raped in August. But is it accurate?
A news report in South Africa has stated that a third of South Africans suffer from mental illnesses. But the claim is not entirely accurate.
In the run-up to South Africa’s May 7 election, the Democratic Alliance has been pushing out a steady stream of “fast-facts” and statistics highlighting its performance in Cape Town and the Western Cape. This is the first of two reports evaluating key claims.
Never take the findings of an opinion poll for granted. Not all opinion polls and surveys are created equal and journalists should always interrogate the findings and question how a poll or survey was done. This guide examines the questions that should be asked.
South Africa’s former apartheid-era foreign affairs minister, Pik Botha, recently claimed that the country’s education system is the worst in Africa. How much does Botha know about education system rankings? Very little it turns out. Data shows that while South Africa lags behind a number of African countries, there are many with worse education systems.
A survey published this week claimed that a third of South African adults are regular drug users, dagga use has risen by 11% in the past year and the use of methamphetamines by a staggering 88%. While well-intentioned, the results of the survey are unrepresentative. More research – and more questioning by journalists – is needed.