Job rights, better healthcare and taxes: What life could look like for SA sex...
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.
#TeamBhekisisa: Corn cakes & lead poisoning: Spend a day with reporter Jesse Copelyn
How does Jesse Copelyn decide on the topics of his articles? Find out here.
Health Beat #5 | ‘We’ve lost many sisters’: Why SA sex workers’ lives could...
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.
[WATCH] How did South Africa’s illicit tobacco trade get so bad?
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.
#TeamBhekisisa: Meet Rosaline Daniel, Bhekisisa’s programme manager
Bhekisisa’s programme manager Rosaline Daniel works behind the scenes to make sure the office runs smoothly. Get to know her better.
[WATCH] How does testosterone treatment help transgender men?
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.
#TeamBhekisisa: Meet Bhekisisa’s resident chatterbox, Christina Pitt
Health reporter Christina Pitt takes us through an average day in the Bhekisisa newsroom.
#BhekisisaDiaries: How GBV creeps into any South African news story
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.
How to keep people on HIV treatment during a flood
What happens when there’s a natural disaster, like a flood, and people living with HIV aren’t able to take their chronic medication? Watch to find out what can be done to make sure their treatment isn’t interrupted.
#TeamBhekisisa: Spend a day in health reporter Zano Kunene’s shoes
Meet Zano Kunene, one of our health reporters. Here’s a short glimpse into what he gets up to on a daily basis and how he comes up with ideas for his stories.
[WATCH] Starry nights over city lights: Why this doctor wants to work in rural...
Doctor Thulani Ngwenya has no plans to leave his job at Bethesda Hospital near Ubombo in rural KwaZulu-Natal for a post in a city....
Health Beat #4 | Can the NHI fix SA’s rural doctor dilemma?
Doctors trained specifically to work in rural areas are struggling to find work in far-flung areas because provincial health departments don’t have the money to pay them. Find out what could change this in this episode of Health Beat.
[WATCH] ‘I’m a warrior’: How the anti-HIV injection empowers young women
An anti-HIV injection called CAB-LA has just been approved by South Africa’s medicines regulator, and the health department says it could be in clinics by August 2023 — but only if the price is right. In Cape Town, more than 200 women have been using the two-monthly jab as part of a study. We spoke to three of them.
[Watch it again] New pills, new rules: What’s next for ARVs?
In this webinar, a panel of world-class experts discussed what South Africa's updated guidelines for how we use ARVs may look like.
Health Beat #3 | Meet the first SA women to get the anti-HIV jab
South Africa saw 200 000 new HIV infections in 2021, according to UNAids. A new injection called CAB-LA could be a game changer. It works better than a daily pill to prevent HIV infection — and only has to be taken once every two months.
How government plans to make medical negligence cheaper
Medical negligence claims have skyrocketed, making the health department responsible for R120-billion in payouts. Government is trying to reduce its liability by introducing the structured...