Southern Africa


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

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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.


When the tiniest hearts break: Behind SA's shortage of paediatric heart surgeons

Nelisiwe Msomi

The country can't produce its own paediatric heart surgeons. But that may be beginning to change, starting in Cape Town.


#FeesMustFall: Wits failed to provide healthcare and police targeted first responders

Pontsho Pilane

New report echoes the warnings of the Marikana Commission of Inquiry and says police and schools must plan for protests.


#LifeEsidimeni: What will arbitration mean for the families?

Laura Lopez Gonzalez speaks to Tim Modise about who might be held accountable for the tragedy.


[EXCLUSIVE] Qedani Mahlangu is not a registered student at alleged London school

Bhekisisa Reporters

Bhekisisa can reveal Mahlangu is not a student at the London School of Economics and Political Science after lodging a Freedom of Information request.


How to tell your child you have HIV

Kristen van Schie

More than three decades into the HIV epidemic, some conversations haven't become any easier. This is one of them.


#LifeEsidimeni: Mahlangu’s alleged school confirms no exams scheduled

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

Meanwhile, the London School of Economics and Political Science says it cannot confirm Qedani Mahlangu is a student.


London school refuses to confirm former health MEC Qedani Mahlangu is a student

Eleven Gauteng health employees were singled out for censure. Now, only two have been suspended and garnered an alleged R1.3-million in wages.


Cancer treatment waiting times in KZN increase by almost 30% as services stall

Joan van Dyk

Cancer patients are waiting up to nine months for treatment, says the South African Human Rights Commission.


Meeting men halfway: Clinics are going mobile to reach the toughest patients

For decades, we’ve struggled to solve the riddle: How do you get reluctant men to test for HIV. Could we finally have an answer?


#LifeEsidimeni: Head of NGO tied to 23 deaths was unqualified, unlicensed

Nelisiwe Msomi

Owner of Pretoria organisation Precious Angels breaks down and dodges queries amid questions surrounding deaths.


#LifeEsidimeni: Former Gauteng Health MEC Mahlangu visited deadly Cullinan NGOs

Social worker says mental health patients' lives could have been saved if senior officials visited facilities. Bhekisisa has evidence they did.


This country figured out how to stop teen substance abuse, so why has no one else?

Emma Young

Find out which nordic nation radically cut teenage smoking, drinking and drug use and how they did it.


So, can or can't South Africans tell government how sex work should be regulated?

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

Activists have been told that government wants to hear their views, but without draft legislation their input is of little value.


Raising hope: From street child to mother

Sally Nyakanyanga, Adri Kotze

Abandoned as children, women in Harare are now teaching one another to fight for their futures.


[LISTEN] Marijuana in SA: Is it really legal?

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There's a lot of confusion about marijuana in South Africa. Mia Malan sat down with Joan van Dyk to separate fact from fiction.


New medical school slated for Eastern Cape

Joan van Dyk

Another school could be on the cards for the North West province as well.


The ABCs of autism in the classroom: 'He only wants to eat sandwiches with cheese'

Pontsho Pilane

Autistic children experience the world differently, but this doesn’t stop them from learning.


Should you really be talking to your 10-year-old child about sex?

Pontsho Pilane

By the age of 10, children’s ideas about gender, relationships and violence are largely set in stone.


Limpopo HIV testing kit shortage may put rape survivors at risk

Nelisiwe Msomi

Health department admits HIV testing kits ran low, but says kits were reshuffled between facilities and provinces to avoid stock-outs.


Study: How and where you're most likely to get raped

Demelza Bush

A recently released study on rape reveals that children are generally raped on weekday afternoons, but adults over weekends. Our Mia Malan explains.


Will you lose your medical aid tax credits in 2018?

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

But if we want everyone to get quality care, something will have to give and it may not be your money, warn experts.


How your medical bills may change under the National Health Insurance

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

Many private hospitals will be opening their doors to more patients but does that mean you’ll be stuck at the back of the queue?


SA gears up to grow medical marijuana

Joan van Dyk

The country may soon begin growing medical marijuana but it will have to meet national guidelines to crack the legal market.


KZN cancer patients sent home with panados as treatment waiting lists grow

Joan van Dyk

State cancer patients have nowhere to turn, even if their cancer is treatable.


Khwezi speaks: 'I did not do it to win. I was just fighting for myself'

Redi Tlhabi

In a new book, Redi Tlhabi reveals the woman behind the pseudonym and the price she paid for pursuing justice after accusing Jacob Zuma of rape.