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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.
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 Grubstreet.co.za editor Gill Moodie. Here are her ten top tips for checking accuracy.
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.
Claims that white women are likely to be murdered by “unknown black males” amount to racial scare-mongering, writes Lisa Vetten. The vast majority of women who are murdered in South Africa die at the hands of their husbands, boyfriends and lovers.
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.
Last month South Africa’s Daily Maverick website published an article which claimed that “Al-Qaeda is alive and well in South Africa”. Was it the thorough “year-long investigation” it purported to be or a “cut-and-paste” smear? Yael Even Or and Camila Osorio of GroundUp.org.za consider the unanswered questions.