FACTSHEET: The state of South Africa’s prisons

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.

FACTSHEET: Statistics on farm attacks & murders in SA

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.

FACTSHEET: Nigeria’s matriculation results between 2010 & 2016

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.

Bank notes in naira, dollars, euros and pounds are pictured in Lagos in January 2016. Photo: AFP/PIUS UTOMI EKPEI

FACTSHEET: Nigeria’s numerous dollar exchange rates

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.

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GUIDE: How to stop falling for fake news

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.

GUIDE: The five-step fact-check

Print our useful flow-chart and stick it up where you can quickly refer to it when a deadline is pressing.

GUIDE: How to create a map with data

Visualising data on a map can be a intimidating – there’s a lot of jargon and it can get quite complicated. This guide is designed to demystify mapping.

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