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We check how South Africa's new president did in his maiden State of the Nation Address as well as claims by parliamentarians in the resulting debate. Also, what are SA's official poverty numbers? Plus, we give you tips on how to tell if a website is real or fake.
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In his reply to the State of the Nation Address debate, South African President Ramaphosa said there is a ‘big difference’ between black and white unemployment in the country.
He's right.

In his reply to the State of the Nation Address debate, South African President Ramaphosa addressed the ‘big difference’ between black and white unemployment in the country raised by the Freedom Front Plus leader.
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During the crime statistics release, South Africa’s police minister Fikile Mbalula (aka Razzmatazz) claimed that South Africa is the 10th most drunkard nation in the world. But he’s wrong: http://bit.ly/2gWTZ64
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American President Donald Trump thinks there's a country in Africa called "Nambia". We've tallied all 55 recognised states in Africa and we didn't see it on this list: bit.ly/2rSYWRO
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When South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa delivered his first-ever State of the Nation Address, we fact-checked it live.
Next up, we scrutinise members of parliament as they debate the new president’s speech.
Find their claims and our verdicts here:

After a delayed opening, South Africa's parliament kicked into high gear with a full day of debate on the 2018 State of the Nation Address.
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Did you miss our latest show on Power987?
Catch up on this week's segment, in which senior researcher Kate Wilkinson fact-checks claims about poverty in South Africa and former president Jacob Zuma in an The Economist article.

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South Africa's 2018 State of the Nation Address was delayed for more than a week as the presidency changed hands.
Find out how new President Cyril Ramaphosa fared with his facts as he made his maiden address in our #SONAcheck.

SA's 2018 State of the Nation Address was held up for over a week as the presidency changed hands. Did new President Ramaphosa have his facts right in his maiden address?
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We'll be joining South Africans as they listen to the 2018 State of the Nation Address tonight.
Let us know if you spot any claims that need fact-checking in the comments below.

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This isn’t our first State of the Nation Address - we’ve been fact-checking South Africa’s SONA since 2013.
See our previous fact-checks here.

Africa Check has been fact-checking South Africa's State of the Nation addresses since 2013. Here are all of them up until 2017.
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Get in touch with us on our WhatsApp line to let us know of any claims South African President Cyril Ramaphosa makes during #SONA2018 that need a good dose of fact-checking.

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We’ve got a date with the 2018 State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Friday.
Join in and let us know if you hear or see any dodgy claims being made by South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa.

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What proportion of South Africans live in poverty? How are the numbers calculated? And who is most vulnerable?
Read this factsheet for a breakdown of the country’s official poverty trends.

What proportion of South Africans live in poverty? How are the numbers calculated? And who is most vulnerable? This factsheet presents South Africa’s official poverty estimates.
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Our latest newsletter gives you the facts you need from Nigeria, Kenya and Botswana. Read it below.

This week, get the facts on the state of Nigeria's health and why an image claiming a 'Fulani massacre' is a hoax, a breakdown of Nairobi's water woes and the low down on whether we should all move to Botswana.
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Fake news sites can look very convincing.
Read this guide for tools as well as tips to help you check the credibility of a website.

Fake news sites can look very convincing. Here are two tools as well as tips to help you check the credibility of a website.
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Have Nigerians gotten healthier in the last decade?
For answers to this question, we took a closer look at key health indicators from the latest national survey, including child mortality, malnutrition, adolescent birth rates and HIV prevalence.
Read the factsheet for a breakdown.

Has the health of Nigerians improved over the last decade, at least according to eight key indicators? We examined the trends revealed by a series of major surveys.
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Is nearly half of Nairobi's water lost?
Do slum dwellers pay more for water than those living in swanky apartments?
We sieved through two of governor Mike Sonko’s claims about the Kenyan capital’s water supply.

Is nearly half of Nairobi's water lost and do slum dwellers pay more for water than those in swanky apartments? We checked governor Mike Sonko's claims.
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This past week in Nigeria, messages rapidly spread on social media and closed messaging apps that passengers were being killed by Fulani herdsmen on one of Nigeria’s busiest roads.
But reverse image searches show the picture is old and its latest use is misleading.

Blood-spattered bodies are strewn along a highway, passengers of a bus that never reached its destination. But were they victims of herdsmen from Nigeria’s Fulani community? No.
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[From the archive:] South Africa's "Doom pastor" has been found guilty of five charges, including grievous assault.
In case it wasn't obvious, here's why it's a bad idea* to spray the insecticide on someone's face:
(* susceptible people can die of an acute asthma attack if they're not attended to quickly)

A pastor in SA claims to “heal” his congregants by spraying them with the insecticide Doom. We spell out the physical harm in can cause to humans.
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