Donald Trump’s ‘foreign policy’: Fact-checking US$166 bn China-Africa trade claim

Claim

Trade between Africa and China has grown rapidly, reaching US$166 billion in 2011.
Source: Mail & Guardian newspaper (19 October 2020)

mostly-correct

Verdict

Available data confirms the trade figure quoted by the Mail & Guardian. Trade between Africa and China had grown by at least another US$20 billion by 2018, while US trade with the continent decreased.

Read more

No evidence nearly 7,500 children die from ‘hunger’ each year in South Africa

Claim

Nearly 7,500 children under the age of five die annually in South Africa as a direct result of hunger.
Source: Daily Maverick (18 September 2020)

unproven

Verdict

According to the latest official figures, just over 800 children under the age of five die annually in South Africa from severe acute malnutrition. While the real number is likely to be higher, no available data shows by how much.

Read more

Have South Africa’s commercial farmers declined from 120,000 in 1994 to 38,000? DA MP’s claim is misleading

Claim

The number of commercial farmers in South Africa has fallen from 120,000 to 38,000.
Source: Dianne Kohler Barnard, Democratic Alliance member of parliament (1 September 2020)

misleading

Verdict

There is no data on the number of individual farmers in the country. Figures from Stats SA are of the number of commercial farming units, and the definition of a unit has changed since the early 1990s.

Read more

Yes, cardiovascular disease is second leading cause of death in South Africa

Claim

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in South Africa after HIV/Aids.
Source: The South African Heart Association (29 September 2020)

mostly-correct

Verdict

World Health Organization data shows that infectious and parasitic diseases were the leading cause of death. HIV/Aids accounted for the majority of those deaths. Cardiovascular diseases were ranked second.

Read more

1 2 3 62