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.
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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 Police Service released crime statistics for the first three quarters of the 2016/17 financial year on 3 March 2017. This factsheet presents a summary.
In South Africa, few subjects elicit as much debate and opinion as the country’s extensive social welfare programme. Does it indeed make people “lazy” and “dependent”? And is South Africa heading for a financial cliff because of it? We reviewed the research.
The quarterfinals of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations takes place this weekend. Samba Dialimpa Badji takes a look at the figures behind Africa’s premier soccer event.
The Kenyan government argues that awarding pay raises to its increasingly agitated workers will squeeze the public wage bill. But some argue its elites are not subjected to the same standard. This factsheet sets out the evidence.
Just how efficient is South Africa’s university sector? Karen Jeynes explains how the throughput rate of students is calculated and what the most recent statistics show.
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.