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#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.


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.


New medical school slated for Eastern Cape

Joan van Dyk

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


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.


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?


Wonder where SA's medically circumcised men are? Now there's a map for that

Nelisiwe Msomi

When new technology and an old tradition meet, they could help avert more than a million new HIV infections.


Deadly waiting game: Cancer crisis fuels demand for end-of-life care

Joan van Dyk

Health workers brace for an increased need for palliative care as waiting lists grow.


Is there a formula for academic success?

Nelisiwe Msomi

Studies show the odds are stacked against learners from poorer backgrounds, so why do some succeed where others fail?


Rape and (in)justice: 340 guilty verdicts from 3952 cases

Mia Malan

A new study shows the dreadful reality of how the criminal justice system is failing victims of this 'priority crime' in SA.


[EXCLUSIVE] If you were raped, here are your chances of finding justice

Mia Malan

New, never before conducted research reveals the road rape survivors and police walk to justice denied.


​Does SA’s private healthcare sector only provide care for 16% of the population?

Liesl Pretorius, Africa Check

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi's long-touted claim may be misleading, reports Africa Check.


No fetus scan, no abortion. Really?

Nelisiwe Msomi

A draft bill is likely to virtually remove women’s access to safe abortions.


Who will pay the price for the latest national laboratory strike?

Nelisiwe Msomi

The second industrial action in as many years is likely to stretch into its second week.


Unions, laboratory services to hold last-minute negotiations ahead of strike

Nelisiwe Msomi

Unions say they will not accept anything less than 7.3% wage increases.


Medical aids may know their fate by 2020 under the National Health Insurance

Joan van Dyk

Government and medical aids may be uncomfortable but necessary bedfellows.


'After getting pregnant, you are done': no more school for mums-to-be

Rebecca Ratcliffe

This country's president just told public schools to kick out teen mothers, tens of thousands of whom have already lost out on education.


Have questions about the National Health Insurance? We answer them for you

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

We tell you what the recently released NHI white paper says about the future of health services in South Africa.


Trade unions: 'The NHI is not moving fast enough'

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

Private sector’s role and slow roll out likely to top ANC policy conference delegates’ list of concerns.


Will you be able to have a medical aid under the National Health Insurance scheme?

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

The newly released white paper could mean the end is nigh for medical aids.


National cancer drug shortage may last until October

Joan van Dyk

Pharmaceutical companies say that delayed drug registrations by the Medicines Control Council may have played a role in stock outs.


Bhekisisa, M&G journalists nab top honours at health awards

Bhekisisa team

Reporters lauded for their work on prison conditions, refugees’ access to health and SA’s road to a sugar tax.


Recession risks hitting healthcare where it counts

Joan van Dyk

Experts warn state health clinics and hospitals are likely to further deteriorate as the public purse shrinks.


Condoms at school? Yes, says a new education policy

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

Parents and staff can no longer keep contraception out of schools in the case of children 12 years and older.


Fears as Durban loses last state cancer specialist

Joan van Dyk

Only two state cancer specialists remain in the province of more than 10-million people.


#LifeEsidimeni: More than a year later, still no prosecutions

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

Families say many are still waiting for results of autopsies performed last year.


New Gauteng programme allows drug users to swap illegal highs for safer alternatives

Nelisiwe Msomi

The Tshwane initiative could help reduce drug use, drug-related crime and new HIV infections.


How to defy Zuma - and survive to tell the tale

Mia Malan

Analysts say this minister's strong SACP connections and ANC support ensure he’s ‘too powerful politically’ for the president to fire.