There have been 422 days of rolling black-outs since 2020 and it’s taken a toll on South Africans’ mental health. A survey by the South African Depression and Anxiety Group reveals that people are dealing with anxiety, more family conflict and thoughts of self death.
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About half of people who are infected with tuberculosis don’t have symptoms. Researchers still don’t know whether people with asymptomatic TB spread the bacteria to others, or whether they’ll always develop symptoms.
Like most people, Nicole Ludolph starts her day off by scrolling through social media. Then, she gets to work. Have a look at how she navigates the world of health journalism.
In South Africa, 70% of female sex workers in a countrywide survey conducted in 2019 said they’d experienced violence from clients in the previous year. Find out how things change when sex work isn’t illegal from workers in New Zealand.
There are two birth control options for men in South Africa – condoms and vasectomies. Men have a good grip of how condoms work but less so when it comes to the 15-minute snip. Stigma, myths and misconceptions are all part of what our reporter Mohale Moloi hopes to challenge with his reproductive health reporting.
South Africa’s justice department is reviewing submissions from activists, academics and civil society on an amendment Bill that, if approved, will mean sex work is no longer a crime. But will the police stop harassing sex workers if it is passed?
The justice department is currently reviewing comments from activists, academics and civil society on a proposed new law to decriminalise sex work. They will then ask the cabinet to take it to parliament before it can become law. Mia Malan interviews Deputy Justice Minister, John Jeffery, and United Nations special rapporteur on the right to health, Tlaleng Mofokeng, about what's next for sex workers.
How does Jesse Copelyn decide on the topics of his articles? Find out here.
South Africa’s justice department plans to scrap old laws that make it a crime to sell or buy sex. This could make life safer for workers because they should be able to report crimes to the police — in theory.
Independent research shows 54% of cigarettes sold in South Africa are illegal, which means the taxman is losing revenue, and the country’s anti-smoking plans are becoming less effective. Watch this to find out why.
Bhekisisa’s programme manager Rosaline Daniel works behind the scenes to make sure the office runs smoothly. Get to know her better.
Testosterone treatment can help ease psychological distress for transgender men because it results in changes that make them feel more at home in their bodies, such as a beard and a deeper voice.
Health reporter Christina Pitt takes us through an average day in the Bhekisisa newsroom.
HIV doctor Francois Venter explains why the treatment of obese people reminds him of the bad old days of the HIV epidemic.
Go behind the scenes with two of Bhekisisa’s most seasoned reporters as they explain what it’s like to cover some of South Africa’s most harrowing stories.