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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.


Do 1 in 5 Nigerian adults really suffer from long-term depression?

Bhekisisa Reporters

Why the World Bank may have peddled some dodgy facts about this mental health condition.


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.


Seven things you should know about this country's largest Lassa fever outbreak

Coumba Sylla, Africa Check

Nigeria's latest and largest epidemic has claimed almost 100 lives. Find out more about the virus.


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.


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?


#LifeEsidimeni: In six weeks we'll know if Qedani Mahlangu will be prosecuted

Mia Malan

After being awarded damages, distraught families want more: the former Gauteng Health MEC must face criminal charges.


#LifeEsidimeni judge: 'Government violated the Constitution'

Mia Malan, Nelisiwe Msomi

The arbitration ruling specifies that both Constitutional and general damages have to be paid.


#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.


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?


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


#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.


The real reason why Gauteng doesn't want to pay up for #LifeEsidimeni

Nelisiwe Msomi

‘Families should be compensated for trauma, but not for what the deceased went through’, says state advocate.


Can government employees kiss those above-inflation increases goodbye?

Nelisiwe Msomi

Picketing doctors and nurses in Limpopo could be just a taste of what's to come as unions and government prepare to head to the bargaining table.


Is Nigeria really home to almost one in four of the world's malaria cases?

Allwell Okpi

International insecticide brand Mortein claims that Nigeria contributes 23% of the world’s malaria cases. Does the figure hit the mark?


Scientists confirm what women always knew: Men really are the weaker sex

Kate Hodal

In times of famine, epidemic and hardship over the past 250 years, women have consistently outlived men, find researchers


'For goodness sake, if that's how things are run … God help us all'

Bhekisisa Reporters

Gauteng Premier David Makhura claims he didn't know #LifeEsidimeni patients would be transferred to the care of NGOs. Perhaps he just didn't listen.


No money for #LifeEsidimeni, but millions for consultants

​Qedani Mahlangu’s department paid almost R60-million to the law firm that would later represent her in the run-up to arbitration.


#LifeEsidimeni: Five of the most unbelievable things Qedani Mahlangu said

Nelisiwe Msomi

Did the former MEC move from playing the blame game to playing the victim?


#LifeEsidimeni: Qedani Mahlangu's ego and the death of 143 patients

Bhekisisa Reporters

The former Health MEC claims her subordinates withheld information from her. But she’s being accused 
of misleading the legislature.


#LifeEsidimeni: Did Mahlangu keep David Makhura in the dark?

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

Mahlangu didn't know many of the details of the doomed mental health project but says she deserves the credit for instituting the ombud investigation.


Did government waste R127-million on a condom no one wanted?

Tian Johnson

Activists warn new data shows government may have invested millions into the wrong female condom and may be on the verge of doing it again.


#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.


#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.