With South African municipal elections set to take place in 2021, we can expect a lot of service delivery comparisons. They may not all add up.
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A dramatic rise. A spike. A crisis, even an outbreak. Words have flowed to describe a perceived rise in teenage pregnancies in Kenya following the national Covid-19 lockdown. But the numbers tell a different story.
Is the @Duduzane__Zuma Twitter account really run by former South African president Jacob Zuma’s son? Some online sleuthing reveals the account is linked to the Black First Land First party and the notorious “Guptabots”.
South African president Cyril Ramaphosa was wrong when he said 51% of women in the country had experienced partner violence. It’s important that he corrects his error.
Andrew Dudfield from UK fact-checking charity Full Fact explains how a team of fact-checking organisations is developing artificial intelligence tools to increase the speed and impact of fact-checking.
With South Africa’s government forced to review its budget due to the pandemic, an already cash-strapped Stats SA has had to cut a vital poverty and income survey. We should all be worried.
ANALYSIS: ‘Close to a million’ smokers quit under South Africa’s Covid-19 rules? Limits to lockdown research
Tobacco sales have been outlawed under South Africa’s Covid-19 lockdown since March 2020. Has the ban made a million or so smokers quit the habit?
The eucalyptus tree grows widely in Kenya, and rumours of the non-native tree’s remarkable thirst are nearly as rife. In a water-scarce country this raises concern, but is the gumtree’s reputation accurate?
The data currently available points to a bizarre trend. It is contrary to everything we know about the expected disease outcomes for smokers. How conclusive is it?