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Gifted: Dembe Ndou keeps the pupils and teachers entertained with her beautiful voice and extraordinary skill on the keyboard.

Autism and its uncommon angels

Dembe Ndou learned to play piano in no time at all, but simply chatting is a complex challenge.
The SA government needs to make a back-up plan for spending on HIV/Aids

SA has highest number of new HIV infections worldwide – survey

With over 400 000 new HIV infections occurring in 2012, South Africa ranks first in HIV incidence in the world, says an HSRC survey.
Ray of hopelessness: A health practitioner will see you after you have waited at least 170 minutes. Probably longer.

Publicly waiting for x-rays, privately abandoning all hope

In the state sector, not everyone is equal. Some of us have to pay an arm, a leg and a full working day.
Ash crunch: Radio presenter Muntu Mbanjwa has been smoking for nearly 30 years. So far he cannot kick the habit

DIY remedies to give up smoking

Half of all SA smokers tried to quit last year –and failed. How can we raise the success rate?
Depression and anxiety are common amongst TB patients and a UCT study says counselling is needed to keep sufferers on treatment.

Collective will can curb TB epidemic

Widespread tuberculosis awareness campaigns can rein in its increasing transmission rates.

Contested doctors tariffs on hold

Infighting and competition concerns have seen healthcare guidelines changing constantly.
In Pondoland

Man severely beaten for speaking out about his penis amputation

Three people have been arrested after a Pondoland initiate who lost his penis and spoke out about it in public was beaten for "shaming the custom".
We danced that night: Funiwe with photographs of her with her late twin sister Funeka at their matric ball in 2008.

Countering TB resistance was futile – but no longer

New drugs are working on XDR-TB – but must be strictly controlled to prevent further resistance.
Phumzile Nywagi is concerned that med are not as involved as women with regards to HIV awareness.

Gentlemen, let’s talk about HIV

Despite the stereotypes, there is a pressing need for men to play more of a role in HIV support.
Three out of four SA men with hypertension don't know they have this condition

Do not take with a pinch of salt, says health deputy

Hundreds of millions of rands in healthcare costs can be saved if South Africans reduce their salt intake, says deputy health minister Gwen Ramakgopa
Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has launched an HPV vaccine programme for grade four girls in all government schools.

Motsoaledi launches free HPV vaccine for schoolgirls

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has launched an HPV vaccine programme for grade four girls in all government schools.
Activists continue to fight to lower the price of drug patents.

Patients before patents, demand health activists

The intellectual property policy, which will allow access to cheaper drugs, has yet to be finalised while patients are dying, say health activists.
A young child at the doorway to a tavern in Imizamo Yethu in Hout Bay

Alcohol industry still calls the shots

Policies protect profits but they fail to address alcohol's harmful effects on society.

Violence, pregnant teenagers and booze at De Aar’s end of the world

Alcohol abuse breeds apathy and joblessness, and fuels abuse in an ever more vicious cycle.
Sipho Gceya* lost part of his penis after a botched circumcision

Play gives initiates who lost their manhood a voice

A Johannesburg director has taken up the continuing tragedy of botched circumcisions.
French scientists have singled out a mechanism that spontaneously 'cured' two people of HIV

No proof that HIV-infected baby was cured

Although it has been claimed that a nine-month-old baby in California was "cured" from HIV with the use of antiretrovirals, there is still no proof.