Southern Africa


#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.


Chasing the dragon, stalking a virus: Life, heroin and Tshwane’s needle exchange

Demelza Bush

This programme is saving heroin users on the streets of Tshwane, one clean needle at a time.


Redefining risk: When it's okay to be HIV-positive and have sex without a condom

Kevin Rebe

HIV-positive people who have very low levels of HIV in their blood can’t sexually transmit the virus. Here’s what it means for you & SA.


A short history of the big discovery that redefined safe sex for HIV-positive people

Kevin Rebe

How science discovered that ARVs can bring the levels of HIV in the blood to levels so low it’s virtually undetectable – and impossible to transmit.


#LifeEsidimeni: 'The media was out to tarnish the image of the department'

Nelisiwe Msomi

Makgabo Manamela is one of three officials implicated by the health ombud in the tragedy. Here’s a snapshot of her testimony during arbitration.


This is why some rapists will never face justice

Amir Shroufi

For survivors, any hope of justice depends on the presence of doctors and forensic nurses. The catch? These are few and far between.


Motsoaledi to provinces: 'Fund junior doctor internships, or I might sue you.'

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

The health minister warns finding the money for junior doctor placements is not voluntary, it's what the law prescribes.


#SizaMap: Find a safe, legal abortion near you with this list of designated providers

Bhekisisa team

Until now, the national and provincial health departments have not been able to say where services are provided. Here's how we found them.


When there was no list of free abortion clinics, we made our own. Here's how.

Joan van Dyk

How we found the country's 'missing' abortion providers – mapped contraception services too.


'They made me feel like a murderer': Stigma endangers women seeking legal abortions

Joan van Dyk

Bontle Mabe turned to a loan shark to fund her abortion after she was turned away for five days in a row at her local clinic.


In the future, a simple ring could protect you from HIV and unwanted pregnancies

Yvette Raphael , Manju Chatani

A vaginal ring could one day offer women dual protection against HIV infection and unwanted pregnancies. Unless this happens.


#LifeEsidimeni: This official may have just thrown Mahlangu under the bus

Suspended head of Gauteng health Barney Selebano's court bid to avoid testifying at the ongoing arbitration could keep him off the stand for months.


Loophole could protect South African organisations from US gag rule on abortions

Pontsho Pilane

Experts say confusion over the rights of local healthcare workers to provide the service while receiving US funds only benefits Trump administration.


We're launching new medical schools but will we have jobs for their graduates?

Farah Jawitz

The future of South Africa's doctors rests on provincial purses.


Stuttering blues: The cadence of social anxiety and identity

Khinali Bagwandeen

He is a father, husband and businessman but the one thing that defined his social existence also taught his daughter an important lesson.


#LifeEsidimeni: Inside the arbitration hearings

M&G Multimedia

As the hearings continue this week, Laura Lopez Gonzalez speaks to Nelisiwe Msomi about the arbitration process.


Go inside the trucker craze fuelling a blackmarket in dangerous 'sex enhancers'

Tawanda Karombo, Adri Kotze

The products themselves could be dangerous and are likely to encourage high-risk sexual behaviour.