There are a number of official-sounding figures about the number of foreign-born migrants in South Africa but many of them are exaggerated or based on unsound data. This factsheet presents the best available data sources.
Many reports on migration focus on international migration but the vast majority of migration that happens in South Africa happens within its borders. This factsheet explores the available data on the country’s domestic migration.
The factsheet explains the significant amendments proposed to South Africa’s Refugees Act 130 of 1998.
This factsheet explains the different types of residence permits available to foreign-born migrants in South Africa.
This factsheet sets out what we do – and what we don’t – know about the skills, work, and education levels of foreign-born migrants in South Africa.
MPs are paid – and quite handsomely at that – to represent the public in parliament from money paid to the government by taxpayers. Africa Check looks at how much South Africa’s MPs earn, what they actually do and try to identify the hardest-working MPs from the available data.
The zika virus is sweeping across South America, but it is an Asian mutation, different from the strains endemic in African countries. Does it mean African populations could be reinfected?
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”?
Scientists think Africa is particularly vulnerable to climate change due to its poverty levels, areas with scarce water sources and rain-fed agricultural production. This factsheet, the second on the topic of climate change, explores these reasons.
Media headlines often state that Africa will be hardest hit by climate change. But where does this idea come from and what led many scientists to think so?
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.
This guide, published by Africa Check in cooperation with the Institute for Security Studies, explains what a reader needs to know to understand crime statistics and a short history of crime stats in South Africa.