Southern Africa


Private investigators, Hawks called in to probe North West graft

Joan van Dyk

Investigations stretch far beyond links between health officials and Gupta-linked companies.


[Updated] North West: Military health services move in

Nelisiwe Msomi

Why Supra Mahumapelo may hold his fate and that of his province in his hands.


Missing medicines and missing money: Why a bigger crisis looms in North West

Russell Rensburg

Provincial medicine shortages may be just the beginning.


State capture strikes again? Why 95% of medicines are missing at North West clinics

Nelisiwe Msomi

Striking workers say a go-slow at the province's central depot will continue until their demands are met.


Black? A woman? Read why you’re more likely to be a victim of online trolls

Gaia Vince

Are social media algorithms designed to prey the mental health of women and people of colour?


Slice of Life: 'I shared my abortion experience on Facebook and it went viral'

Nelisiwe Msomi

A horrifying experience at an illegal abortion provider led Gaopalelwe Phalaetsile to use social media to help women access safe abortion services


What life without toilets looks like

Peter Beaumont

Open defecation is a reality for many people around the world. Here's what it translates to.


Blessers and blessees: Why do we have so many?

Mia Malan, Demelza Bush

Bhekisisa editor Mia Malan asks reproductive health doctor Tlaleng Mofokeng why older men prey on younger women.


Freak waves and HIV in Durban. What's the link?

Joan van Dyk

Misconceptions about HIV infection and injection drug use could shut down the only project working to curb it.


Giving birth has become less dangerous in South Africa

Pontsho Pilane, Mia Malan

But will the country be able to half its maternal mortality ratio by 2030 - in time to achieve its sustainable development goal?


Meet the nurses fighting on the front lines — with no ammunition

Semakaleng Phafoli

Public health systems are driven by nurses. Yet, they have little authority.


Death and dignity: How KZN strips cancer patients of their pride

Joan van Dyk

Terminally ill patients in the province have little access to pain relief, or basic care. Here's one man's story.


#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.


[LISTEN] How (not) to clean your vagina

Demelza Bush, Mia Malan

Our Mia Malan speaks to medical doctor Tlaleng Mofokeng about how to stay happy and healthy down there.


[LIVE]: Watch as #LifeEsidimeni families are awarded settlements

Bhekisisa team

Catch every moment as Life Esidimeni families are told how much money they will get for the loss of their loved ones.


#Listeriosis: An evil mastermind? Track the thoughts of a killer

Joan van Dyk

We trace the last moments before the source of this potent bacterium was discovered.


Want to write a story people won’t forget? [WATCH] this

Mia Malan

When it comes to weaving a good yarn, the devil really is in the detail.


#Listeriosis: Meet the family that lost two loved ones

Pontsho Pilane, Mia Malan

Long before red flags were raised, this family fell victim to listeriosis. And this week, tragedy has struck again.


[VIDEO] How to clear your fridge of listeria

Joan van Dyk, Demelza Bush

Joan van Dyk tells you what to bin and how in under two minutes.


#Listeriosis: Six ways to keep calm and carry on

Joan van Dyk

The head of the National Institute for Communicable Diseases' listeria investigation, Juno Thomas, tells us which foods to bin and how.


Case closed: The #listeria outbreak was caused by Enterprise polony

Joan van Dyk, Mia Malan

The health department will tell you what you should be binning and how to do it safely without causing another public health nightmare.


13 things that will change the way you look at abortion

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

Everyone’s got an opinion on it but can we say the same about the facts?


‘Imali yeqolo’: Really, Gigaba? Women fall pregnant to get child support grants?

Nonhlanhla Sibanda-Moyo

Gender activists are outraged by the former finance minister’s side comments on government grants during his budget speech.


[WATCH] Forced oral sex: Is it rape?

Mia Malan, Demelza Bush

Do you know what the law says about rape in South Africa? Our Mia Malan explains the legal ins and outs in three minutes.


The Ronald McDonald socks aside...How serious is Cyril about South Africans' health?

Bhekisisa Reporters

The new commander-in-chief has made promises, but how likely is he to deliver?


#Budget2018: Cuts to medical aid tax credits begin

Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba didn’t cut state subsidies for private medical aid members outright but your pocket may still feel the pinch


Vaccines in the time of cholera: Inside the new fight against an old foe

Why the world is just waking up to the power of immunisations to tackle this infectious disease and how we’re learning more with every rainy season.


#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 five 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.