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Children illegally detained under Bosasa's watch at Lindela as healthcare crumbles

Joan van Dyk

New accusations beg the question, who is watching the watchers?


Abortion: Government to get tougher on doctors with moral objections

Yogan Pillay

Draft guidelines will look to balance a doctor or nurse's right recuse themselves from performing abortions with a person's right to choose.


When he won’t say yes to a condom, maybe you should say yes to this pill

Pontsho Pilane

This tablet can help to protect the country's young women from contracting HIV.


A short history of the big discovery that redefined safe sex for HIV-positive people

Kevin Rebe

How science discovered that ARVs can bring the levels of HIV in the blood to levels so low it’s virtually undetectable – and impossible to transmit.


#LifeEsidimeni: 'The media was out to tarnish the image of the department'

Nelisiwe Msomi

Makgabo Manamela is one of three officials implicated by the health ombud in the tragedy. Here’s a snapshot of her testimony during arbitration.


Motsoaledi to provinces: 'Fund junior doctor internships, or I might sue you.'

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

The health minister warns finding the money for junior doctor placements is not voluntary, it's what the law prescribes.


#LifeEsidimeni: This official may have just thrown Mahlangu under the bus

Suspended head of Gauteng health Barney Selebano's court bid to avoid testifying at the ongoing arbitration could keep him off the stand for months.


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.


#LifeEsidimeni: Inside the arbitration hearings

M&G Multimedia

As the hearings continue this week, Laura Lopez Gonzalez speaks to Nelisiwe Msomi about the arbitration process.


#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.


#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.


#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.