An analysis of South Africa’s ‘unruly democracy’ and the contribution of “the excellent Africa Check website” in Business Report
Africa Check is a non-profit organisation which promotes accuracy in public debate. We test claims made by public figures around the continent, starting in South Africa, using journalistic skills and evidence drawn from the latest online tools, readers, public sources and experts, sorting out fact from fiction. We publish our findings on this site.
Devised by the AFP Foundation, the non-profit media development arm of the international news agency AFP, we were founded in June 2012 and run in a partnership with the journalism department of the University of the Witwatersrand, in Johannesburg. Based in a journalism training institute, we also aim to foster a culture of accuracy among students and interns by giving them hands-on experience in the rigours of fact-checking.
Africa Check is overseen by a board of five independent trustees who, between them, bring specialist knowledge of fact-checking, charity finance and fundraising, media training and media development.
Our funding comes entirely from donations. The first six months of seed funding was provided by Google through a contest in innovation in online journalism run by the International Press Institute (IPI). Funding to enable us to run the site during 2013 has been provided by the Open Society Foundation for South Africa.
Details of this funding, and of our sponsors, are set out on the page ‘How we are funded’.