Southern Africa


Why do men rape?

Is South Africa breeding a nation of abusers and victims? Mia Malan interrogates why sexual violence in the country is so prevalent.


Gauteng health department unable to trace 20 #LifeEsidimeni patients

Nelisiwe Msomi

Three years later, almost a dozen patients are still missing.


Tales from Trumpland: Health workers will be forced to bury aborted fetal tissue

Sophie Cousins

In the war on women's bodies, the casualties stretch far beyond US' 50 states.


We answer seven of your burning questions about the NHI

Mia Malan

In June, the health minister released the long-awaited National Health Insurance Bill. What does it mean to you and your medical aid? We tell you.


Does South Africa need a Human Rights Commission?

Joan van Dyk

History repeats as old health emergencies emerge anew. Is the health ombud the person to lead fights the Human Rights Commission started?


Why rape counselling needs to hit the road and other ways to make services better

Nelisiwe Msomi

When people can't get to healthcare, healthcare needs get to them.


Will the NHI actually work?

Mia Malan

Read what Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has up his sleeve for your medical aid.


At a glance: What the National Health Insurance means for you & your pocket

Mia Malan

Two Bills, almost 200 pages may change healthcare forever in SA. Haven't read them? We did the heavy lifting so you don't have to.


Hlongwa responds to SIU report: ‘I arranged to hand myself over to the Hawks’

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

The chief whip says recent media reports were first to alert him that the SIU had completed its investigation into alleged corruption under his watch.


Read Brian Hlongwa's response to the SIU report

Bhekisisa team

Allegations of graft during his tenure as Gauteng health MEC aren’t new, says ANC Gauteng chief whip. In fact, they’re talked about regularly.


Five things the Gauteng health department spent your money on - SIU

Mia Malan

Spa treatments, fancy homes and paperwork — and the list goes on.


Read the Medical Scheme Amendments Bill

Bhekisisa team

Find out what the big changes government may have in store for medical aids.


Health department expects to be sued over proposed NHI changes

‘I can’t mention who are the parties I am expecting litigation from but I can assure I know who they are.'


READ: Aaron Motsoaledi's speech on major changes to medical aids

M&G Reporter

The health minister has presented the Medical Schemes Amendment and National Health Insurance Bills


Limos & spas: SIU reveals details of ANC chief whip Hlongwa's role in R1.2b graft

When he was the Gauteng Health MEC, Brian Hlongwa brought the department to its knees, the Special Investigations Unit has found.


Read the National Health Insurance Bill

Bhekisisa team

The Bill is the first step towards learning how the government plans to fund its shift towards universal health care.


Watch live: Motsoaledi presents the National Health Insurance Bill

Bhekisisa team

The health minister unveils the National Health Insurance Bill at a press conference in Pretoria.


Your medical aid is going to change. Read Aaron Motsoaledi's #NHI speech

Bhekisisa team

New legislation will abolish co-payments and may look to go after medical aid scheme reserves.


Unconscionable: Health workers' right to refuse abortions vs women's right to choose

When religion trumps science in medicine, women's bodies and Constitutional rights may be caught in the crossfire.


Are migrant children being illegally detained in South Africa?

Joan van Dyk

#OccupyLindela protests are expected today at the Lindela Repatriation Centre. Read the story that helped blow the lid on conditions there.


Not a school in sight: Autistic children travel 500 km to learn

Pontsho Pilane

A mother's love led her to South Africa to find a school for her son with autism.


[WATCH] Would you use reusable pads?

DC Bush, Mia Malan

Reusable pads are cheaper and better for the environment, but are you willing to try them?


'We are forced to move on from declaring babies dead as if nothing happens'

Roxy de Villiers

Saving lives — and losing them — may be all in a day's work for health workers, but if you think it doesn't take its toll, listen to these doctors.


[EXCLUSIVE] Motsoaledi: 'I can't prevent health crises because my hands are tied'

Mia Malan

“Whenever there is a crisis, I’m called in to solve them, but I don’t have the legal mechanism to prevent them,” says minister.


‘SA health system is not collapsing’ – Motsoaledi

Joan van Dyk

National health department deploys 200 officials to country’s beleaguered hospitals


How the ACDP peddled unproven fact in its bid to tighten SA's abortion laws

Africa Check, Gopolang Makou

The party cannot substantiate claims it made before Parliament in March, finds Africa Check.


Burning tyres and dodgy ambulance deals? Six health scandals you might have missed

Bhekisisa team

It’s been a bumper year for trouble for the country’s healthcare system and it's only June. Here's everything you might have missed.


[WATCH] Face your fear: Inside life with a menstrual cup in less than three minutes

DC Bush, Mia Malan

Bleeding every month is a costly affair. Pads and tampons cost a person R40 000 in their lifetime. Here's a way to get round the price.


‘Cancer treatment in the North West is impossible’

Joan van Dyk

Activists say that at least one patient has been trying to get treatment since 2013.


Durban cuts city's only needle exchange programme

Joan van Dyk

A tale of two cities: Durban ditches drug users while Tshwane becomes the first city in SA to pioneer and fund new ways to keep them safe.