Zweli Mkhize GCIS

WATCH: Ministers brief public on South Africa’s coronavirus outbreak response

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has declared a "national state of disaster" after an outbreak of the new coronavirus. Today, ministers are...
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South Africans arrive from Wuhan. Here’s why they’re unlikely to test positive for the...

Despite fear-mongering by some and threats that their arrival will be met with protests, the cluster is unlikely to introduce new...

Coronavirus: What you need to know if you have HIV, diabetes or TB

If cases of the new coronavirus spread in South Africa, the country may be heading into uncharted territory — becoming the...

#Coronavirus testing: How it works, what it costs and when you need a...

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases can run hundreds of tests at the same time but ultimately the number of tests...
Zweli Mkhize GCIS

Watch: Health Minister Zweli Mkhize updates journalists on South Africa’s first case of the...

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases has closed the Cowan House Preparatory School in Hilton, KwaZulu-Natal through the weekend after a...

Coronavirus in SA: Next case unlikely to come from repatriated South Africans

Students set to be repatriated also report an air of secrecy around their final destination and have been told not to...

South Africa confirms the seventh case of coronavirus

All seven COVID-19 cases are from a group who recently returned from a ski trip in Italy.  

Coronavirus: World Bank’s pandemic bonds scheme accused of ‘waiting for people to die’

Bonds designed to provide fast funding for poor countries branded ‘obscene’ because of complex payout criteria.

#Coronavirus: Do you need a mask? Spoilers, the answer is no.

South Africa confirmed its first case of the new coronavirus on 5 March. But experts say the public still does...

#CoronavirusOutbreak: This is a healthcare worker’s best defence against TB. Here’s why it might...

Masks used by South African doctors and nurses are also being used to fend off the coronavirus outbreak. But soaring demand...
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...
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...

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)
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...

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...