How will Kenya’s next president be elected? What happens if there is no outright winner? And what will it cost? Our factsheet answers these and more.
Factsheets and guides
South African universities dominate world university rankings on the continent. But how do ranking bodies determine if one university is better than another and can you really create objective “league tables”?
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.
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 Constitution stipulates that the public and media has the right of access to information. Here is what you need to know about your right to know – an extract from “A Practical Guide to Media Law” by Dario Milo and Pamela Stein.
The Internet is awash with fakers. Re-publishing or re-posting their online content hurts the credibility of those who fail to ask the right questions. This guide provides tips on verifying content found online – a helping hand in spotting the fakes and hoaxes first.
Never take the findings of an opinion poll for granted. Not all opinion polls and surveys are created equal and journalists should always interrogate the findings and question how a poll or survey was done. This guide examines the questions that should be asked.
As a journalist your credibility is your most important asset. Credibility and accuracy in reporting go hand-in-hand. In this guide we look at practical steps you can take to ensure you get it right the first time.
South Africa’s school-leaving exam results are due to be released on 3 January. But what can they tell us about the state of education in the country? And what should be taken into account in evaluating matriculation results? Our guide.
The lifestyle sections and health pages of many major newspapers and magazines routinely tout questionable health claims that are not supported by scientific research or evidence. This is a guide to evaluating the legitimacy of those claims and reporting responsibly on them.