#FeesMustFall protests have South Africa’s 26 public universities in turmoil. This factsheet rounds up the numbers driving these protests: available places, government’s subsidies and how much money the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) provides.
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 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.