A convenient truth: The promise of presents from Santa may make for better-behaved children.

Should you be keeping Santa’s secret from the kids?

Warning, this article contains sensitive details about Father Christmas. Kids, look away.
Social workers should actively be reaching out to families receiving the child grant to help link families to other social welfare services

Working too hard: Social grants stretched thin within a failing system

The country’s child grant is failing to deliver social justice because it is doing more than what it is meant to do, says research.

Take2: Winds of change sweep SA healthcare

Professors Hoosen Coovadia and Salim Abdool Karim, two of SA's foremost HIV researchers, were recently the health department's greatest enemies.

Death in the Free State

People in need of treatment are dying because hospitals are desperate for funds, writes Mia Malan.
The WHO says that polio could be eradicated in the next 12 months.

Polio cases could be wiped out within 12 months, says World Health Organisation

With just nine cases of the virus so far this year – in Pakistan and Afghanistan – the WHO is confident the battle against polio is nearly won.
Research shows that texting and driving could cost you your life.

Survive December on SA’s roads with these four tips

Make sure that you and your family don't end up as statistics of this festive season.

Cape doc tipped for health post

Western Cape health director general Craig Househam is widely tipped to take over the running of the National Department of Health.
Solidarity: Sanac says government must urgently address police abuse of sex workers including the use of the workers' possession of condoms

#AIDS2016: Countdown to the International Aids Conference in Durban begins

The conference is set to be a historic moment in the HIV response and we'll be bringing you the latest from Durban.
Traditional leaders are resisting plans to introduce medical circumcision.

Cut and mistrust

Traditional leaders are resisting plans to introduce medical circumcision. Mia Malan reports.

These six countries are likely to go to war for water in 2020

Tension over water scarcity is increasing across the globe. A new system flags up where this threatens to erupt into violence.

Love, sexts & the law: How good sex ed can protect your kids

In an age where more young people are having sex before the age of 15 than ever before, can we...
vaping young people

Seven things you need to know about e-cigarettes. No. 5 may shock you

Spoilers: Office e-smokers, you're still being uncool to your co-workers. The World Health Organisation breaks down what we know and what...

What do coronavirus and Ebola have in common? They always get a head start

A passenger wearing a protective mask enters Beijing West railway station following the outbreak of coronavirus. (Nicolas Asfouri, Getty)
Lesotho netcare hospital

Why one hospital takes up almost 30% of this country’s entire health budget

Today, the country’s only specialist hospital run as part of a public-private partnership takes up almost a third of the nation’s...
A participant of the HVTN 702 HIV vaccine trial receives her first dose ahead of the public launch of the vaccine in 2016.

HIV vaccine trial stopped after jab found ineffective

The South African study featured a variation of the only HIV vaccine ever to show modest results. The South African version...
EMS students train at Nelson Mandela University. About 50% of EMS positions are vacant in Limpopo.

Eastern Cape slashes ambulances by roughly 50%

The decrease has allowed the province to get rid of dangerous one-person ambulance crews, but many patients still wait hours...