Selling sex

Selling sex

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From Amsterdam’s glittering canals to Durban’s dark streets, take a look at how the world legislates sex — and why it matters.
Codeine products are available over the counter in South Africa. But codeine is addictive and the products can be abused.

Is codeine Africa’s drug of choice?

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Common cough, flu and pain medicines can be addictive. Codeine addiction is an increasingly well-known problem in South Africa.
The youngsters have successfully completed their initiation and are now regarded as men. The campsite where the initiates stayed is burnt after the initiation is completed.

[From our archives] The boys who lost their manhood

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During this initiation season, we look back at what happened in 2013 when bungled initiations cost boys their penises.

The dark smell of illness: One family’s struggle for news from inside the ICU

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You can’t visit family members with COVID-19 in hospital. So how do you find out how they’re doing? Mia Malan from the Bhekisisa Centre for Health Journalism documented one woman’s story.
More than half of men in Diepsloot report having sexually or physically abused a woman in their lifetimes

Child rape in Diepsloot: The shocking story that sparked outrage

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Read an excerpt from the award-winning story that kick-started a campaign to link survivors of rape and gender-based violence to care.

“I thought it’s just what fathers do.” How sex ed can tackle child abuse

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Thousands of children are abused by someone close to them but are unable to report it, because they’re either too scared or don’t realise they’re being abused. Here’s how training teachers to provide proper sex education can help them.
Being bilingual is better for your brain. Now

Speak more than one language? This is what it does to your brain.

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Speaking more than one language could lead to better tests scores and even being a more empathetic person.
Silent killer: consuming too much salt can lead to high blood pressure.

Unearthing the salt hidden in your diet

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Some of your favourite comfort food could be concealing a killer.
The community of Mbyo

‘My neighbour murdered nearly all of my family, but now we are friends’

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Thanks to a pioneering project survivors and perpetrators of the Rwandan genocide now live side by side in 'reconciliation villages'.
High-priced technology puts a price tag on life.

From our archives: This disposable piece of technology might save your life – if...

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Many diabetics are dependent on expensive blood sugar testing strips to stay alive. Most in South Africa can't afford it.

‘My mom was too scared to check what was wrong. In the end, doctors...

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Early screening for cervical cancer can be a lifesaver but are nonprofit organisations enough to fill the gap in KZN's crumbling system?
Girls carry bottled water in Maputo

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

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Taps in capital city of Maputo being turned off every other day as climate change exacerbates southern African drought
Four-month-old Samson Salo receives a dose of vitamin A at the Madamani Dispensary during Malezi Bora.

This costs just cents and could prevent half-a-million children from going blind

The substance is critical in pregnancy and in the development of children; a lack of it has dire consequences.
Zimbabwe's tough abortion laws aren't curbing terminations

Inside the illegal abortion market: ‘I nearly touched hell’

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Zimbabwe’s tight abortion laws aren’t curbing demand, they’re driving them underground — and it’s about to get worse.
Tholakele Memela sought help when she realised the symptoms for HIV and a sangoma’s calling were similar.

Sangomas learn to meld muti with conventional medicine

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Traditional and Western healers team up to treat patients with HIV and tuberculosis because many people consult more than one health system.

Cobras & cures: Why the world is running chronically low on snake antivenom

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Each year, millions will be bitten by venomous snakes and for many, antivenom will remain painfully out of reach. Discovering why is a tale...