Southern Africa


#LifeEsidimeni: Motsoaledi and Makhura could be forced to pay up from their pockets

Joan van Dyk

Those who oversaw the removal of mental health patients could face the full wrath of the law as could those standing by as KZN's cancer care fails.


Here are 12 things we've learned from four years of donor-funded journalism

Mia Malan

Work at a non-profit media house? Then you know your job is not just reporting anymore.


A grim anniversary: Hundreds of clinics close as Trump’s gag rule turns one

Ryan Lenora Brown

Governments and even anonymous do-gooders are stepping into fill the funding gap left by the US decision, but their pockets will never be deep enough.


The real reason why Gauteng doesn't want to pay up for #LifeEsidimeni

Nelisiwe Msomi

‘Families should be compensated for trauma, but not for what the deceased went through’, says state advocate.


Can government employees kiss those above-inflation increases goodbye?

Nelisiwe Msomi

Picketing doctors and nurses in Limpopo could be just a taste of what's to come as unions and government prepare to head to the bargaining table.


Scientists confirm what women always knew: Men really are the weaker sex

Kate Hodal

In times of famine, epidemic and hardship over the past 250 years, women have consistently outlived men, find researchers


Can you think yourself into a different person?

Will Storr

We used to believe our brains couldn’t be changed. Now we believe they can – if we want it enough. But is that true?


Why taking back the power starts 
with you and your vagina

Tlaleng Mofokeng

Want to advocate for your uterus? Here are six ways you can do it.


'For goodness sake, if that's how things are run … God help us all'

Bhekisisa Reporters

Gauteng Premier David Makhura claims he didn't know #LifeEsidimeni patients would be transferred to the care of NGOs. Perhaps he just didn't listen.


No money for #LifeEsidimeni, but millions for consultants

​Qedani Mahlangu’s department paid almost R60-million to the law firm that would later represent her in the run-up to arbitration.


#LifeEsidimeni: Five of the most unbelievable things Qedani Mahlangu said

Nelisiwe Msomi

Did the former MEC move from playing the blame game to playing the victim?


Listeria: Follow SA’s medical sleuths as they chase a killer in a race against time

Joan van Dyk

As deaths mount, take an inside look at the detectives working around the clock to solve the country’s medical mystery.


#LifeEsidimeni: Qedani Mahlangu's ego and the death of 143 patients

Bhekisisa Reporters

The former Health MEC claims her subordinates withheld information from her. But she’s being accused 
of misleading the legislature.


#LifeEsidimeni: Did Mahlangu keep David Makhura in the dark?

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

Mahlangu didn't know many of the details of the doomed mental health project but says she deserves the credit for instituting the ombud investigation.


Did government waste R127-million on a condom no one wanted?

Tian Johnson

Activists warn new data shows government may have invested millions into the wrong female condom and may be on the verge of doing it again.


#LifeEsidimeni: What Qedani Mahlangu’s testimony may mean for David Makhura

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

Accusations fly as the embattled former health MEC finally testifies at the ongoing arbitration hearings.


#LifeEsidimeni: Did Qedani Mahlangu send patients to their deaths for political gain?

Nelisiwe Msomi, Adri Kotze

The former Gauteng Health MEC is expected to take the stand on Monday when she will finally face irate families who are tired of waiting for answers.


Forced abortions: A new frontier in the war on women's bodies?

Pontsho Pilane

Partners and families allegedly drugged women and in some cases even physically restrained them as doctors performed the procedure.


Listeria outbreak: Why your back-to-school lunch box staples may be dangerous

Joan van Dyk

Worried your child could be at risk of contracting the bug as they head back to school? You might have to leave polony off the menu.


Women forced into sex to pay hospital bills, study says

Kate Hodal

Patients too poor to settle medical debts are chained to drain pipes, starved and abused in health centres across parts of Africa.


Curbside counselling? These 'friendship benches' bring mental health closer to home

Ranga Mberi

One in four Zimbabweans suffers from mental illness, but untrained female health workers are setting a new benchmark for the treatment of patients.


Is the rumour mill standing between you and better birth control? Find out.

Nelisiwe Msomi

This implant offers all the protection from unwanted pregnancies with almost none of the clinic visits. So why did many say, ‘thanks, but no thanks’?


ANC looks to axe medical aid tax credits, expand National Health Insurance

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

The ruling party says it’s time to get serious about funding and rolling out South Africa's universal access to healthcare plan.


Ace Magashule’s wild Free State: Activists faced intimidation, whistle-blowers fled

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

Death threats and intimidation drove one man to leave the country after exposing crumbling conditions within the province’s health system.


What free education could cost us

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

Saturday’s surprise announcement could be the latest blow to the country’s bid for better healthcare.


Children illegally detained under Bosasa's watch at Lindela as healthcare crumbles

Joan van Dyk

New accusations beg the question, who is watching the watchers?


'I told them I had a miscarriage. But the nurses knew what had really happened'

Ryan Lenora Brown, Adri Kotze

Go inside the international network of women willing to break the law to give people access to termination of pregnancy services.


Black students in medical schools: Is there a problem?

Demelza Bush

Our Mia Malan speaks to Laura Lopez Gonzalez about the recent allegations of racism at Wits Medical School.


Abortion: Government to get tougher on doctors with moral objections

Yogan Pillay

Draft guidelines will look to balance a doctor or nurse's right recuse themselves from performing abortions with a person's right to choose.


When he won’t say yes to a condom, maybe you should say yes to this pill

Pontsho Pilane

This tablet can help to protect the country's young women from contracting HIV.