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Football futures hang by a hair

Luke Feltham

The Bafana Bafana coach’s only option is victory, which will propel the team into the Africa Cup of Nations and secure his job


Anyone can catch this drug-resistant bug. Surviving treatment is another story.

Kristen van Schie

For years, catching this drug-resistant bacteria meant painful treatment that risked your hearing and mental health. Now, that could be changing.


Bosasa to dead toddler's family: If you want answers, you'll have to PAIA us

Joan van Dyk

About 15 years after their son died while illegally detained at a deportation centre outside Johannesburg, this family still hasn't found his grave.


This is what it’s like to give birth in the world’s most dangerous country for moms

Emanuela Zuccalà

When a river and several hours of dirt roads stand between you & the nearest hospital, giving birth can be deadly. One nurse is hoping to change that.


This popular birth control shot is out of stock for the second year running. Read why

Joan van Dyk

Women who have been forced to go without their usual birth control shot are now facing the consequences of months-long shortages.


Banned: 'We are doing the president's work: cleansing the community of gays”

Bolu Akindele

It’s been five years since the country prohibited same-sex marriage and LGBTI gatherings, and the climate of fear left in its wake could be deadly.


How this 19-year-old fell prey to human traffickers

Moulid Hujale

Unsafe in Somalia and unwanted in Kenya, refugees increasingly risk abduction in search of a better life.


Organ trafficking: ‘They locked me in and took my kidney’

Seán Columb

Desperate to reach Europe, migrants from Africa are travelling to Egypt to sell body parts to pay for their passage.


He would ransom the pills for something more precious than profit: His wife’s life

Joan van Dyk

When a few months of treatment costs as much as a house, some patients are taking their lives and the law into their own hands to survive.


“An African man like me depressed?” Why representation matters in the movies

Eromo Egbejule

The continent’s largest film industry has been getting mental health all wrong with dangerous consequences. Now, that’s changing.


Cost of corruption – How a toddler  died at Bosasa’s detention centre

Joan van Dyk

Bosasa bribed its way into contracts. Meet the four-year-old who paid the price.


Inside the illegal abortion market: 'I nearly touched hell'

Wendy Muperi

Zimbabwe’s tight abortion laws aren’t curbing demand, they’re driving them underground — and it’s about to get worse.


When police crashed her wedding, she was 8. Her soon-to-be husband was 67.

Christabel Ligami

Across the continent, women are helping to reimagine a sacred rite of passage in an effort to honour their cultures and spare their bodies.


Gaming medicine: Virtual reality is bringing real-time relief for chronic pain

Jo Marchant

Virtual reality isn’t just for video games anymore. It’s revolutionising medicine, including the way we manage pain.


This map tells you which districts have the country's highest c-section rates

Laura Grant, Media Hack

Some districts report Caesarean rates of 40%, which is much higher than the 26% national average for public hospitals.


A changing birth: What’s behind SA’s skyrocketing c-section rates?

Almost one in four babies born at public hospitals come into the world via c-section but is it costing some women their lives?


2018: The best, the worst and the weird

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

You made it through the year. Kick back, relax and take a read through the 2018 that was.


'I didn’t think it was necessary to use condoms because I was only 15.'

Joan van Dyk

This province reported skyrocketing rates of teen pregnancy but behind the figures lies a story about sex, knowledge and data.


How many of these iconic protest posters can you recognise?

Laura Lopez Gonzalez

Here's the story of the Treatment Action Campaign or how a handful of people created a global movement that changed the world.


Plant, pick, pack: Finding Mpumalanga's missing fruit pickers

Joan van Dyk

In this province, the agricultural and mining sectors draw thousands of workers each year – and then they disappear. Here’s why we need to find them.


Elsa and Nosipho: they both sell sex for a living but in opposite worlds

Mia Malan

Does sex work legislation have an impact on gender-based violence and HIV infection rates? We traveled to Amsterdam and Durban to find out.


Investigation reveals shocking conditions at NGOs caring for disabled people

Naomi Larsson

Report unearths neglect in Kenyan institutions, yet discrimination means children may be at risk of being killed if they remain in communities


Selling sex

Mia Malan

From Amsterdam’s glittering canals to Durban’s dark streets, take a look at how the world legislates sex — and why it matters.


Why science could finally be close to solving this birth control riddle

Kristen van Schie

We could be just months away from knowing whether Depo-Provera use is linked to a higher risk of HIV infection in women.


72 hours to care: The precarious road to psychiatric help

Thalia Holmes

For many people with severe mental illnesses, these special wards can be a lifeline and the first step to care — if they can get there.


Love & other drugs: Men could make all the difference in keeping your baby HIV free

Joan van Dyk

Men can help to prevent new HIV infections by showing up for their partners. Here’s how:


These ATMs have swopped bills for pills. Here's why.

Nelisiwe Msomi

Meet a South African getting her HIV medication at the press of a button.


Water in Ghana from pipe to packet: Is there a hidden cost to this low-cost solution?

Shaun Raviv

In a country where pipes can stop short of reaching home, cheap sachets of water sold on the street could be an unlikely solution, but at what cost?


Thousands of babies die each year in SA. This could help save them.

A week. That's how long most newborns who die will make it in South Africa. But there may be hope yet for the country's tiniest patients


Becoming: Why most medical aids don't pay for transgender care

Nelisiwe Msomi

For transgender people, gender-affirming care can be a matter of life and death. But medical aids still see it as a choice rather than a necessity.