The changing face of Covid misinformation in South Africa: 2020 to 2022 in review
Fact-checkers aren’t seeing anywhere near the volume of false information about Covid-19 as we did in the heyday of the pandemic.
Yes, roughly 11 babies born in Kenya every four minutes. Much-shared but phantom ‘CIA’ claim gets there in the end
This stat doing the social media rounds does beat around the bush, but much like a drunk stumbling in the dark, it eventually makes it home.
South Africa not Africa’s ‘most obese country’ – but comes close
The head of a health consultancy claimed South Africa was “the most obese country in Africa”. We took a closer look at his evidence.
Are 20 million black South Africans unemployed, compared to 1.6 million in 1994? Viral graphic gets it wrong
While both the absolute numbers and the rate have grown since 1994, the graphic gets the figures wrong.
Yes, Kenya’s elephants have increased in last 30 years but only census will plug data gaps
A count that is underway is expected to definitively settle the question of just how many jumbos the East African country has.
No, more than 99% of Nigerian children under 5 don’t die every year
Non-profit organisation Connected Development had many sitting right up with this startling claim about mortality in Africa’s most populous ...
Are there less than 300 ICU beds in Kenya? Available data shows more
Alfred Mutua, the governor of the country’s Machakos county, had a warning about Covid-19 hospitalisations. But his numbers were off. Expert...
World Bank uses outdated stats as it announces $500m Nigeria education plan
World Bank uses outdated stats as it announces US$500 million in funding to help educate girls in Nigeria