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There are many stories about skilled South Africans leaving for other countries, a popular radio show said. But what are the actual numbers? We went in search of them. The post Do eight professionals leave South Africa for every one that comes in? appeared first on Africa Check.

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Were cabinet ministers unfairly sacked? Must public land be developed within two years? We checked these and other claims made on TV by William Ruto. The post Fact-checking 5 claims by Kenya’s deputy president Ruto including on corruption and land appeared first on Africa Check.

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In search of solutions to frustrating power cuts in South Africa, a popular radio host quoted a mind-boggling number for generators in Nigeria. The post Are there ‘100 million generators in private hands’ in Nigeria? appeared first on Africa Check.

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A new draft policy could upend Kenya’s popular used car market. But dealers are fighting back, saying they contribute billions in taxes. The post Do Kenya’s used car dealers really pay KSh49 billion a year in import tax? appeared first on Africa Check.

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Global media reports say 77% of women in populous Nigeria regularly use skin lightening products, which can be harmful. But no data supports this. The post Three in four Nigerian women use skin-lighteners? No data supports claim appeared first on Africa Check.

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After service delivery protests hit Alexandra township, President Cyril Ramaphosa told residents the government had delivered 4 million houses – and local media misreported his promise of a million more. The post No, SA government hasn’t built 4 million houses – and Ramaphosa didn’t promise a million in Alex appeared first on Africa Check.

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A national daily claims Nigeria has 11 million stunted children – nearly the most in the world. But the country’s unreliable population data makes this a difficult one to crack. The post Uncertain Nigeria population data makes claim about stunted kids hard to verify appeared first on Africa Check.

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Does South Africa spend five times more on healthcare per person that Nigeria? Does one doctor serve 16,000 Kenyans? We’ve put together some startling facts from our work fact-checking on the continent.

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Kenya's leader is under pressure to show progress. We checked the claims he made in his sixth state of the nation address. The post State of the Nation 2019: Did Kenyatta get his facts right? appeared first on Africa Check.

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Prominent lawyer Ahmednasir Abdullahi claims Kenyan courts are ‘deliberately’ underfunded. Does his case stand up to scrutiny? The post Top Kenyan lawyer gets parliament and judiciary funding numbers wrong appeared first on Africa Check.

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Foreign nationals living in South Africa are again fearful of attacks by locals. But widely shared images and videos falsely captioned as xenophobic violence only get in the way of solutions. The post False context: Graphic videos, photos not of recent xenophobic attacks in South Africa appeared first on Africa Check.

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Rice is big in Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country. But have the government’s policies seen a jobs windfall? The post No proof for ‘12 million jobs’ in Nigeria’s rice industry, as presidential aide claimed appeared first on Africa Check.

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Wigs are a popular fashion accessory, but do 80% of women in Nigeria wear them every single day, as a widely reported survey claimed? The post Eight in 10 Nigerian women wear wigs every day? No – just a bad hair day for the media appeared first on Africa Check.

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Did the Democratic Alliance inherit a municipality some R1 billion in the red when it took over South Africa’s City of Tshwane from the African National Congress in 2016? We separated the surplus from the deficit.

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Does the Democratic Alliance keep to the facts? We fact-checked three claims made in their 2019 election manifesto about health facilities and land reform. The post ‘One South Africa for All!’ Fact-checking the DA’s 2019 election manifesto appeared first on Africa Check.

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How many people in the region don’t have safe water? Do Cape Town residents use it mainly for their pools and gardens? Do well-off Nairobians pay less for their water? The post #WorldWaterDay: 10 facts – some surprising – about Africa’s water appeared first on Africa Check.

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