As the world waits for an effective Covid-19 vaccine to be developed, the processes by which medicines are approved have received increased attention. We explain how it works in South Africa.
Factsheets and guides
We look at a number of crimes in the public interest, and include the rate of crimes committed relative to the most recent population estimates – a measure not included in the police’s crime statistics for 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020.
Malnutrition in children can lead to wasting, stunting, underweight and obesity, putting the child at risk of illness – and difficulties later in life. How serious is the problem in South Africa, and how has it changed over time?
How many civil servants does South Africa’s government employ, and what do their wages cost the public purse? We examine available data to find out how the numbers have changed over the years.
The words used to describe migration can be confusing, but definitions are important when we discuss the movements of people. We look at the most common terms.
We unpack key aspects of this wireless technology, which has in recent months found itself at the fore of public health debate.
What are the symptoms of Covid-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus? How can I protect myself and others? Why is social distancing important? We answer your questions.
What is undernutrition? How many children in Africa are underweight, stunted or wasted, or don’t get the minimum amount of food they need? Our factsheet takes a closer look at the indicators.
Despite the country being a key focus of the global campaign to eradicate the mosquito-borne disease, authorities are struggling to land the telling blow.
The rate of murder, sexual offences and assault has risen in South Africa. We summarise data on eight categories of crime from the police’s statistics for April 2018 to March 2019.
Joke and hoax Facebook pages set up to look like official government accounts appear to be a national pastime in South Africa. We list five questions you can ask yourself to identify what’s real and what’s not.
2020 has not been short of major news events – and the year’s not over yet. How can you know if what you are seeing reported is accurate?
Some research press releases may be more about institutional reputation than science – and in depleted newsrooms, this inaccurate PR could become news. Here’s how to get the science straight.
Inflation reduces the value of money over time. Adjusting for inflation helps you accurately compare changes in prices over time. It also reveals if politicians’ claims about growth and spending are legit. Here’s how to do it.
You’ve seen a job ad, a loan offer or a giveaway on Facebook, but you’re not sure if it’s the real deal. How can you tell? Here are some of the signs of a Facebook scam.
Covid-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, has the world firmly in its grip. In all the uncertainty, how can you tell fact from fiction? Our guide gives three tips.
Confused by the difference between the mean, the median and the mode? This guide gives the answers
Video can be easily manipulated, misrepresented and created. This is a guide to spotting three types of misleading videos.
Always ask yourself (and other users) these five questions before you forward a WhatsApp message. Be aware before you share!
To mark International Fact-Checking Day on 2 April, we have updated our handy guide to help you sift out the real from the dodge when it comes to your health. Be safe.