Opinion


Mark Heywood: 'I was pitched against the very government I had fought for'

Mia Malan

Activists litigated to force government to give HIV-positive people antiretrovirals. Mia Malan talks to Mark Heywood about the political consequences


It's time to end SA's war on drugs

Shaun Shelly

Drugs have destroyed many lives, but wrongheaded governmental policies have destroyed many more, argue experts.


I'm a nurse and this is why SA should decriminalise sex work

Lucy O'Connell

Why would humanitarian workers support the call to decriminalize sex work? Sometimes bombs, floods aren't the only threats to our patients.


A cautionary tale to young doctors looking to take on medicine’s culture of abuse

Yumna Moosa

In 2016, Yumna Moosa took to social media to rally young doctors against medicine's culture of bullying. Now, she's not sure she'd do it again.


If HIV denialists have not been pardoned, why should the DA excuse Helen Zille?

Pontsho Pilane

Aids has taught South Africans why denialism can't be tolerated – whether it comes from Thabo Mbeki or Helen Zille.


SA lawyers: Motsoaledi, we’re not the reason gynaes won’t deliver babies

Neil Kirby

Werksmans Attorneys' Neil Kirby hits back at claims that unscrupulous lawyers are driving doctors out of business.


[LISTEN] What price will Motsoaledi pay for turning against Zuma?

Mia Malan

HIV activist Mark Heywood tells Bhekisisa editor Mia Malan the president and health minister are direct opposites.


Memoirs of an activist: ‘The real heroes of the HIV struggle are still unknown’

Mark Heywood

In a new book, Mark Heywood reflects on love, justice and haunting lessons from the past.


Why you might battle to find a doctor to deliver your baby in SA

Aaron Motsoaledi

Could the legal profession be behind the droves of gynaecologists leaving their jobs?


Suicide and the violence of our words

Lizette Rabe

What if we thought of suicide as the outcome of a terminal illness instead of the outcome of an action?


Is 'all-in-one healthcare' a dream?

Mia Malan

Is getting all you need from one health team far fetched? Actually not. It's one field where the public health system beats the private one.


'We can’t accept the new HIV, TB plan' - Treatment Action Campaign

Anele Yawa

The country's strongest HIV lobby group won't back South Africa's HIV and TB plan just yet. Here are their demands.


If HIV denialists don't deserve a platform, why should Helen Zille?

Pontsho Pilane

Journalism does not begin or end with free speech, we have an ethical obligation not to give platform for abhorrent views in the name of free speech.


SA may hold key to curing world's rising drug-resistant TB epidemic

Dr Francesca Conradie

New drug combinations tested in the country may be a lifeline to those with TB most unlikely to survive it.


Women’s bodies are the battleground for civil liberties

Teldah Mawarire, Sara K Brandt

Female activists face persecution largely because their existence is an affront to the patriarchal nature of societies.


Service delivery starts with data. See who's been missing from the spreadsheets

Dominic Haslam

Without accurate data, maginalised groups risk being left behind - again.


[FROM OUR ARCHIVES] Looking to invest in health? Here's how to make the most of it

Folake Olayinka

Every dollar spent on vaccines brings a 16-fold return on investment — and up to $44 for every dollar if broader benefits are taken into account.


#MiningIndaba: Why the real mining investors won’t be in Cape Town this week

Thabang Pooe

The most important people in mining will not be among the movers and shakers at the high-profile event this week.


United Nations' first high-level meeting on TB could usher in a new world order

Yogan Pillay (author)

The global body heeds calls by SA health minister Aaron Motsoaledi for high-level meeting on age-old killer.


Free pads: 'KZN girls miss three days of school a month because of their periods'

Pontsho Pilane

The province is providing free sanitary pads to learners, so what's stopping a national roll-out?


As if HIV treatment never happened and time stood still

In SA, HIV infection is no longer a death sentence but in countries like the Democratic Republic Congo, it's as if treatment never happened.


‘If government can give us flavoured condoms, it can give us free pads’

Demelza Bush

Find out which departments need to step up to make free pads a reality for people who menstruate.


It’s time to stop treating sexual violence as just coincidental to HIV infections

Daygan Eager

A national policy on sexual assault has been in draft form for years. Now, the country now has the chance to put survivors of sexual violence first.


Forced sterilisations rob African women of more than just motherhood

Tabitha Griffith Saoyo

The ability to bear children continues to decide many women's social standing and inheritance.


Why treasury won't support a fall in the tampon tax

Pontsho Pilane

Pontsho Pilane recently presented a proposal to Parliament to introduce free pads for poor people who menstruate. Here’s what she learned.


South Africa on the cusp of HIV vaccine breakthrough

Glenda Gray

Recently the first participants in the HVTN 702 study received jabs of a vaccine that could stop HIV in its tracks


Too poor to care? The call for a minimum wage has exposed a sick system

Ntsiki Mpulo

Care workers may be the backbone of community health care but they sure aren’t paid like it


Could we mass-produce HIV immunity?

Bhekisisa Reporters

One tiny protein may hold the secret to ending the HIV pandemic.


Six ways ARVs can help to end Aids by 2030

Kevin Rebe

Science knows more than ever about how to use HIV treatment to prevent new infections but will it be enough to end Aids?


Why do men rape?

Is South Africa breeding a nation of abusers and victims? Mia Malan interrogates why sexual violence in the country is so prevalent.