“Nigeria is not a poor country,” President Goodluck Jonathan declared earlier this month in response to a World Bank report which listed Nigeria among the five poorest countries in the world. The claim is wrong and misleading.
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.
The under-reporting of crime undermines efforts to combat and prevent crime in South Africa. Only real, consistent and grassroots improvements in both policing and court services will change this, writes ISS analyst Lizette Lancaster.
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.
How trustworthy are Africa’s gross domestic product figures? These all-important statistics have taken on a “dangerously misleading air of accuracy”, writes economic historian Morten Jerven in his book, Poor Numbers: How We Are Misled by African Development Statistics and What to Do About It.
South Africa is in the middle of its annual “strike season” which runs from June to September. Frequently the media, government and mining houses refer to “illegal strikes”. Is this accurate? Can a strike be illegal? Not in terms of South Africa’s labour law.