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.

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 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.

GUIDE: How to spot fakes and hoaxes online

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.

GUIDE: Understanding and reporting on opinion polls

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.

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