Did the 1918 influenza pandemic kill more than 300,000 South Africans in two years, as cooperative governance minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma recently claimed? We sifted through old data and new estimates.
The Gauteng government has increased the number of food parcels it distributes to food insecure South Africans, in light of the lockdown put in place to curb the spread of Covid-19. But do these provide enough calories for the average family for a whole month?
The World Bank’s inequality rankings place South Africa at the top. Is this a “harsh exaggeration”, as politician Baleka Mbete said in an infamous TV interview? We examine the tricky business of defining and measuring inequality.
Dismissive quotes about white people have been attributed to Samora Machel and used in South Africa’s parliament. But experts – including Machel’s daughter – cast serious doubt on whether the late Mozambican leader ever said them.
Half the new ministers appointed by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa are women. But is the cabinet now “gender equal”, as many claim, both in numbers and the importance of ministries headed by women?