During a recent US-Africa forum in New York, United States president Barack Obama said that all of Africa produces about as much as France. We crunched the numbers to check if he is correct.
South Africa’s deputy president, Cyril Ramaphosa, recently claimed that the country has one of the highest unemployment rates in the world and that young people make up the majority of the unemployed. Both these claims are correct.
A number of small studies have been conducted in African countries on the effect of menstruation on girls’ school attendance. But the situation across the continent remains unknown.
A recent report published by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees claims that there are more than a million asylum seekers in South Africa, and that the country is home to the highest number of unresolved asylum cases in the world. But the figure is based on a flawed reading of the available data.
Since 2014, various people have claimed that 7 million girls in South Africa are missing school every month because they don’t have access to or money for sanitary products. But there were only 6.3 million girls in school from pre-grade R to grade 12 at last count.
President Jacob Zuma told Mpumalanga residents that their province has managed to eliminate 98% of bucket toilets between 2014 and 2015. Is that so?
Our US-based fact-checking partners Politifact found a claim that more girls in South Sudan die in childbirth than graduate from high school mostly correct.
South African president Jacob Zuma claims government has built 795 schools since 2009. Is there evidence to back this up?
Pulitzer Prize winning American journalist Tina Rosenberg has claimed that a Liberian woman is more likely to be married by 18 than to know how to read. The claim is not supported by recent data.
Protests continue to grip South Africa, but does the country experience “30 service-delivery protests a day” as an opposition MP claimed in parliament?