South Africa’s most famous ex-prisoner wrote in his autobiography that “no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails”. In this factsheet, we provide data to show what’s going on inside South African prisons.
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South African president, Jacob Zuma, has survived a number of attempts to remove him from office. This factsheet breaks them down.
As Kenya goes to the polls, the ruling party and the opposition are both promising to offer completely free secondary education. We totted up the numbers on what this entails.
Violent attacks on people living and working on farms in South Africa frequently make local and international headlines. This factsheet breaks down the available statistics and explores its limitations.
Nigeria is currently trying to contain a meningitis epidemic which has killed hundreds of people – mostly children. Our factsheet examines the causes, symptoms and reasons why the country grapples to contain this disease, especially since an epidemic of this strain was predicted years ago.
Data on Nigeria’s matriculation examinations has been released for the first time in 7 years. Which state had the most applications? Where were more women admitted to tertiary institutions than men? This factsheet summarises the trends.
In Nigeria, government intervention in the foreign exchange market has led to numerous dollar exchange rates. Africa Check counted at least eight – there’s even one for pilgrims.
The South African Police Service released crime statistics for the first three quarters of the 2016/17 financial year on 3 March 2017. This factsheet presents a summary.
In South Africa, few subjects elicit as much debate and opinion as the country’s extensive social welfare programme. Does it indeed make people “lazy” and “dependent”? And is South Africa heading for a financial cliff because of it? We reviewed the research.
In South Africa, fake news websites are mushrooming. How do you recognise a fake news story and what can you do to stop these websites? Anim van Wyk provides some tips.
The massive movements of people, fueled by the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis, has put migration at the top of the global human rights agenda. This guide looks at how migration, migrants and refugees are defined in South Africa.
Scientific research is conducted by experts, but they may have agendas of their own. How can journalists and the public tell whether they’re peddling rubbish science?
Print our useful flow-chart and stick it up where you can quickly refer to it when a deadline is pressing.
Here’s help if you get confused by statistical terms such as confidence intervals, causation and absolute percentage increases.