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Hlongwa responds to SIU report: ‘I arranged to hand myself over to the Hawks’

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

The chief whip says recent media reports were first to alert him that the SIU had completed its investigation into alleged corruption under his watch.


Read Brian Hlongwa's response to the SIU report

Bhekisisa team

Allegations of graft during his tenure as Gauteng health MEC aren’t new, says ANC Gauteng chief whip. In fact, they’re talked about regularly.


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.'


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.


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.


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.


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.


'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.


Award-winning Pontsho Pilane: Here's why beat reporting matters

Bhekisisa team

Pontsho Pilane has been named this year’s Discovery Health Journalist of the Year. Hear why she thinks specialist reporting isn't dead.


‘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.


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.


The testing ground: Could an experimental vaccine save the DRC from Ebola?

Sarah Boseley, The Guardian

The virus’ resurgence, this time in a city of more than one-million people could set the scene for a fast-spreading disaster.


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.


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.”


Could this be the second major city on the verge of a 'day zero'?

Karen McVeigh

Taps in capital city of Maputo being turned off every other day as climate change exacerbates southern African drought


North West: The closest working hospital may be more than 200 km away for some now

Nelisiwe Msomi

Provincial health department has been put under administration as ministerial task team is deployed to the province.


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.