Southern Africa


Five things the Gauteng health department spent your money on - SIU

Mia Malan

Spa treatments, fancy homes and paperwork — and the list goes on.


Health department expects to be sued over proposed NHI changes

‘I can’t mention who are the parties I am expecting litigation from but I can assure I know who they are.


Limos & spas: SIU reveals details of ANC chief whip Hlongwa's role in R1.2b graft

When he was the Gauteng Health MEC, Brian Hlongwa brought the department to its knees, the Special Investigations Unit has found.


Read the National Health Insurance Bill

Bhekisisa team

The Bill is the first step towards learning how the government plans to fund its shift towards universal health care.


Watch live: Motsoaledi presents the National Health Insurance Bill

Bhekisisa team

The health minister unveils the National Health Insurance Bill at a press conference in Pretoria.


Your medical aid is going to change. Read Aaron Motsoaledi's #NHI speech

Bhekisisa team

New legislation will abolish co-payments and may look to go after medical aid scheme reserves.


Unconscionable: Health workers' right to refuse abortions vs women's right to choose

When religion trumps science in medicine, women's bodies and Constitutional rights may be caught in the crossfire.


Are migrant children being illegally detained in South Africa?

Joan van Dyk

#OccupyLindela protests are expected today at the Lindela Repatriation Centre. Read the story that helped blow the lid on conditions there.


Not a school in sight: Autistic children travel 500 km to learn

Pontsho Pilane

A mother's love led her to South Africa to find a school for her son with autism.


[WATCH] Would you use reusable pads?

DC Bush, Mia Malan

Reusable pads are cheaper and better for the environment, but are you willing to try them?


'We are forced to move on from declaring babies dead as if nothing happens'

Roxy de Villiers

Saving lives — and losing them — may be all in a day's work for health workers, but if you think it doesn't take its toll, listen to these doctors.


[EXCLUSIVE] Motsoaledi: 'I can't prevent health crises because my hands are tied'

Mia Malan

“Whenever there is a crisis, I’m called in to solve them, but I don’t have the legal mechanism to prevent them,” says minister.


‘SA health system is not collapsing’ – Motsoaledi

Joan van Dyk

National health department deploys 200 officials to country’s beleaguered hospitals


How the ACDP peddled unproven fact in its bid to tighten SA's abortion laws

Africa Check, Gopolang Makou

The party cannot substantiate claims it made before Parliament in March, finds Africa Check.


Burning tyres and dodgy ambulance deals? Six health scandals you might have missed

Bhekisisa team

It’s been a bumper year for trouble for the country’s healthcare system and it's only June. Here's everything you might have missed.


[WATCH] Face your fear: Inside life with a menstrual cup in less than three minutes

DC Bush, Mia Malan

Bleeding every month is a costly affair. Pads and tampons cost a person R40 000 in their lifetime. Here's a way to get round the price.


‘Cancer treatment in the North West is impossible’

Joan van Dyk

Activists say that at least one patient has been trying to get treatment since 2013.


Durban cuts city's only needle exchange programme

Joan van Dyk

A tale of two cities: Durban ditches drug users while Tshwane becomes the first city in SA to pioneer and fund new ways to keep them safe.


Speak more than one language? This is what it does to your brain.

Gaia Vince

Speaking more than one language could lead to better tests scores and even being a more empathetic person.


[LISTEN] Clueless about your period? There are consequences

DC Bush, Mia Malan

It may come round every month, but a lot of us still don't know how our menstrual cycle works, says reproductive health doctor, Tlaleng Mofokeng.


Who killed Ntombizodwa Matthews? Politics, protest & corruption in the North West

Bhekisisa Reporters

A month after she was wheeled out of a North West hospital in a barrow, Ntombizodwa Matthews met her end. Her family blames politics for her death.


Cancer Crisis: Where are South Africa's radiation oncologists? Find out

Joan van Dyk

Everyone knows about KZN's cancer crisis but no one is talking about the other provinces that operate on just one radiation oncologist — or less.


Why is this 290-bed North West hospital catering for just 19 patients?

Pontsho Pilane

‘As doctors, we've advised each other to discharge stable patients and explain to there is nothing we can do.’


Limpopo: 0. Mpumalanga: 0. That's how many radiation oncologists these provinces have

Joan van Dyk

Meanwhile, a lone specialist in the North West caters for 3.7-million people as four provinces are forced to send patients to Gauteng.


One in three people surveyed report being sexually abused by police

Pontsho Pilane

Sex workers tell of being tortured, including being beaten with sjamboks.


[LISTEN] Why are women in 'blesser-like' relationships more likely to contract HIV?

DC Bush, Mia Malan

Reproductive health doctor Tlaleng Mofokeng explains to Bhekisisa editor Mia Malan why age-disparate relationships make women more vulnerable to HIV.


Why it could cost less than R120 per year to save a life

Alex Ezeh, Ann Starrs

Maternal deaths in developing regions would fall by 73% if all women had access to contraception and maternal healthcare, shows new research.


Should government health schemes pay for infertility treatment?

Nelisiwe Msomi

"Women are blamed for infertility when, in fact, as we know from research, it is quite often on the man’s side.”


Download our easy-to-use safe abortion graphics in six languages for free

Bhekisisa team

Abortion has been legal for more than 20 years in SA but many people still don't know when or where they can get safe terminations. These can help.


Abortion in South Africa: A reporting guide for journalists

Bhekisisa team

Bhekisisa's new manual provides handy information on abortion data in South Africa, how procedures work and what the law says.