You don’t need pills to treat depression. That is the startling claim made recently in the lifestyle section of a prominent South African news website and at least two weekend newspapers. But the claim is a gross simplification of a complex issue.
Jacob Zuma has hailed the matric pass rate as a “significant improvement”. But is the education system “on the right track”? As we discovered, matric results are not a reliable barometer of education quality.
Time to look back at some of the reports we published this year as we sifted fact from fiction, debunked urban myths, exposed dodgy data, investigated promises and claims by politicians and presidents and highlighted factual inaccuracies in media reports.
South Africa’s National Empowerment Fund says that 12,000 jobs were “sustained” over two years during the production of the film, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. But the claim is false.
Weeks into the corruption scandal known as “cashgate” Malawi’s presidency met late last month with officials of the International Monetary Fund to review funding agreements. A press release by the presidency on IMF’s statement told half the story.
From Tanzania to Swaziland, newspapers continue to report breakthrough “cures” for HIV/AIDS. As the world marked World AIDS Day yesterday, Africa Check investigated the evidence behind just three recent claims.
A Facebook post that went viral in 2013 made a series of claims about how South Africa has changed since 1994. Africa Check tested the evidence.
A recent discussion on South Africa’s Talk Radio 702 put the practice of eating human placenta (ahem) on the table. While there are reports of some people doing it out of curiosity, a host of new mothers say they choose to eat their placenta for health reasons. Africa Check investigated.
Do twelve Africans die of hunger every minute? The claim was made recently by a senior food and nutrition adviser to Nepad, the African Union development programme. But the available data suggests the claim is exaggerated.
Amid mounting controversy over the accuracy of official crime statistics, the South African police have claimed that an index compiled by international consultancy IHS “vindicates” them. It doesn’t.