What is autism? What do we know about this developmental disorder in South Africa, and what is still unknown? One thing is for sure: it’s not caused by vaccines.
Factsheets and guides
What are the symptoms of Lassa fever, how does it spread and when is a vaccine expected?
What do we know about wealth in South Africa? In this factsheet, we explain the different ways in which wealth can be measured and also present available data sources.
Why are so many Nigerian homes still in the dark despite far-reaching reforms? In this factsheet, we test the charge on Nigeria’s electricity challenge.
How big is South Africa’s middle class – especially its black component – and who belongs to it? Here are five main ways in which it can be measured.
What proportion of South Africans live in poverty? How are the numbers calculated? And who is most vulnerable? This factsheet presents South Africa’s official poverty estimates.
Has the health of Nigerians improved over the last decade, at least according to eight key indicators? We examined the trends revealed by a series of major surveys.
Eligible airlines will be allowed to transact their business in the region unfettered, or so the latest Pan-African agreement says. Africans hope it gets off the ground this time.
South Africa’s police service has released the country’s crime statistics for 2016/17. This factsheet provides a breakdown of the main crimes of public interest.
Learn how to smoke out hoaxers posing as the real deal on Twitter in this guide.
Fake news sites can look very convincing. Here are two tools as well as tips to help you check the credibility of a website.
This step-by-step guide explains how to do a reverse image search to check whether the photo you saw on social media is the real thing.
Supposed scientific articles published in questionable academic journals can easily dupe researchers – and seriously erode the body of science. Here’s how to avoid such junk from polluting your research.
Black participation in the Johannesburg Stock Exchange continues to be the topic of heated debate in South Africa. This guide explains the different estimates and the methodologies used to arrive at them.
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 fact-checking flow-chart and stick it up where you can quickly refer to it when a deadline is pressing.