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Lies, statistics and why Africa’s poor numbers really matter

By Mandy de Waal

How trustworthy are Africa’s gross domestic product figures? These all-important statistics have taken on a “dangerously misleading air of accuracy”, writes economic historian Morten Jerven in his book, Poor Numbers: How We Are Misled by African Development Statistics and What to Do About It.

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Gill Moodie Ten top tips for checking your facts

By Gill Moodie

Checking the accuracy of a blog post, article or feature piece can be tedious. But credibility is the most important important thing any writer has, writes media commentator and editor Gill Moodie. Here are her ten top tips for checking accuracy.

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TO Molefe The city that works for you, except if you’re poor

By TO Molefe

Cape Town metro police smashed Lunga Goodman Nono’s guitar, threw him to the ground and shoved him into a police van. The 51-year-old blind busker, they said, had violated the city’s by-laws. But, as TO Molefe discovered, the by-laws don’t exist and Cape Town officials were relying on an apartheid-era policy document.

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Branko Brkic The most bitter pill of all to swallow: Your own failure

By Branko Brkic

Sorry might be the hardest word but sometimes, it is also a necessary word. In order for Daily Maverick to continue to be a credible and feisty news and analysis platform, we need to acknowledge our mistakes. We do so now, and also commit to doing our best never to repeat them.

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Julian Rademeyer Police minister’s speech a glass half full

By Julian Rademeyer

The recent budget vote speech by South Africa’s police minister, Nathi Mthethwa, left out the bad news and relied on questionable statistics, writes Julian Rademeyer.

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