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In an open letter to the South African president, one of the country’s big labour unions and an organisation representing African migrant communities called for the identification of areas where xenophobic attacks might occur. Migration expert Alexandra Hiropoulos introduces Xenowatch, a project aiming to provide the building blocks to do that.
Demography is regarded as the most quantitatively strong discipline in the social sciences but there are limits to what can be known and measured, especially about migration in South Africa. Demography professor Tom Moultrie explains.
While former South African president Nelson Mandela remains, perhaps, among the most quotable statesmen of our time, quotes are many times incorrectly attributed to him. Gopolang Makou rounded up a few such mistakes.
From calculating the size of a stack of R200 notes to measuring water-flow and counting cattle, Africa Check certainly covers the gamut. Researcher Gopolang Makou selects the facts that have kept her entertained and informed in 2016.
Great fact-checks puncture myths with rigour, but also in a way that reshapes the public debate by focusing on the true scale of a particular issue, argues our head of health and information service, Vinayak Bhardwaj. He presents his three “favourites” from 2016.
Africa Check is happy to sign this open letter, together with fact-checking partners from around the world, asking for an open conversation on the principles that could underpin a more accurate news ecosystem on Facebook.