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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It is story that is told as fact: South African teenagers are falling pregnant in order to cash in on child support grants. Michelle Solomon denounces it as a pervasive urban myth.
Nechama Brodie argues that while Johannesburg may not be the “largest man-made forest in the world” it can claim to be the “largest man-made urban forest”.
Pravin Gordhan says citizens can access information on the Treasury website. Ruth Becker explains why this is harder than he claims.
The way South Africa and the UK released their census data recently showed how far SA has to go to embrace Open Data, says Ray Joseph.
Journalists and technologists came together in Zanzibar this month to discuss ways to strengthen journalism in Africa and around the world.
When I told people about this project, a lot were sceptical whether fact-checking could be carried out in Africa. Data is definitely harder to get hold of than in some places and it will be a challenge, I am sure, But it will good to prove them wrong.