The country's state emergency services are facing staff and vehicle shortages
Health department guidelines say there should be at least 5 700 ambulances in operation — or one for every 10 000 people.

Here’s how paramedics are fighting for their own lives so they can save yours.

This is the first in a two-part series on medicine and security in South Africa. Check out the second story here. Read a full transcript of this podcast here.

This podcast was originally released on 14 August 2019.

Music credit: Driven To Success – Scott Holmes

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Danny Booysen is a freelance audio technical producer and has over 30 years of experience in the broadcast industry.

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Mia Malan is the founder and editor-in-chief of Bhekisisa. She has worked in newsrooms in Johannesburg, Nairobi and Washington, DC, winning more than 30 awards for her radio, print and television work.