The lost particles of grief: How COVID-19 is changing death

From grandmothers to gravediggers, the sudden, suffocating deaths of the coronavirus pandemic is affecting people in all sectors of South African...

Why #COVID19 anti-corruption campaigns could make people more likely to pay bribes

Last week, President Cyril Ramaphosa was clear: COVID-19 funds have been stolen and misused, food parcels have been diverted from households...

A tale of two pandemics: Is COVID-19 repeating the mistakes of HIV’s past?

In South Africa, two outbreaks are colliding and one thing may shape the future of both.

The unbearable loneliness of COVID-19

There are no visiting hours for COVID-19 patients. Instead, there’s anxiety, fear, stigma and potential grief. But there’s also — at least some — resilience.

‘No bed for people like me’: When the old are left to die

Despite clear evidence they are most at risk, older people are seen as dispensable as younger patients are prioritised in the...

The dark smell of illness: One family’s struggle for news from inside the ICU

You can’t visit family members with COVID-19 in hospital. So how do you find out how they’re doing? Mia Malan from the Bhekisisa Centre for Health Journalism documented one woman’s story.

The gravediggers of Kano: Why doctors and diggers alike face grim choices in this...

This country has more than 200-million people, so why has it only logged 22 000 coronavirus tests?
Lesotho netcare hospital

Why the public-private partnership to build Lesotho’s only specialist hospital floundered

It was hailed as a revolution in private investment in healthcare in Africa but almost a decade after it was opened,...

The lockdown women planning their escape from abusive homes

Cases of domestic violence tick up while shelters lose their income and scramble to get ready for the silent, second crisis...
Emma Theofelus

At 23, she is one of Africa’s youngest ministers. The COVID-19 outbreak has been...

Emma Theofelus was appointed Namibia’s information, communication and technology deputy minister a week after the novel coronavirus hit the country's shores:...

Pandemic politics: Community health workers gear up to fight COVID-19 with little protection,...

Around the world, SARS-CoV-2 has stopped everyday life dead in its tracks. The virus has also scratched open old wounds between...

Can you pause a pandemic? Inside the race to stop the spread of COVID-19...

Tracing the close contacts of people who test positive for coronavirus disease is a delicate dance. Here’s why these health workers...

#QuarantineChronicles: Departure & distrust

South Africans in Wuhan are set to come back home on Friday, but our secret journaller has a few final thoughts...

#QuarantineChronicles: The pen

This South African has been quarantined for weeks. He doesn’t mind spending time alone, but these days he finds himself more and more puzzled by people, their habits, and strangely their attitude towards pens.

#QuarantineChronicles: The girl who cracked

Being isolated for days on end was too much for this student, locked up alone in her dormitory room in Wuhan,...

A new kind of chemistry: Why science is rethinking the humble bed net

Disease-spreading mozzies may be getting wise to our best defences, but science is fighting back.