The department of basic education claims to be replacing a “mud school” a week in South Africa’s impoverished Eastern Cape province. At face value, it would seem to be an impressive accomplishment. But as Africa Check discovered, the claims involve a heavy dose of spin.
Can herbal remedies dissolve abnormal tissue growths in the uterus, known as fibroids? According to a recent article in Nigeria’s The Nation, there is proof they can. We found no evidence to support the claim.
Bling culture? Do South Africans really prefer smart clothes to good schools & health? What media reports left out
Media reports last month made a series of striking claims about what South Africans prioritise. The reports were based on one consultancy firm’s analysis of spending data. We checked it out.
Last week the news website Zambian Eye promoted pumpkin and tamarind as ‘super foods for diabetes’. Research indicates concentrated elements in both may, in future, be useful in managing diabetes. It does not support the site’s misleading claims about the foods or the disease.
Media and charity reports last month predicted that by 2015 road accidents will become the biggest killer of children aged 5 to 15 in sub-Saharan Africa. Wrong. The claim is based on old and faulty data.
Earlier this month, the World Food Programme warned that 2.2 million people in Zimbabwe will need food aid in the coming months. Evidence suggests hunger is growing in some areas in particular. But are the numbers right or do they exaggerate the problem?
Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa has released South Africa’s 2012/13 national crime statistics. Has crime increased or decreased? What trends can be identified? This factsheet, produced by the Institute for Security Studies, sets out and explains the numbers.
Are most estimates of what strikes cost the SA economy accurate? Probably not. Take them with a big pinch of salt
Estimates carried in the media of the cost to the South African economy of strikes vary widely. This alone suggests they should be taken with a big pinch of salt. Is it possible to say how much strikes cost? Africa Check investigates the claims.
This guide, published by Africa Check in cooperation with the Institute for Security Studies, explains how to unpick the crime statistics.
An article in Kenya’s The Standard last week touted the claims of a local man to have found a new cough remedy based on ‘mole soup’. Coughs can be the symptom of many different conditions, some of which can be fatal. While diet can affect some coughs, this treatment is unverified for any.