State cancer patients have nowhere to turn, even if their cancer is treatable.
The stakes are high in KwaZulu-Natal: Whoever wins the divided province will be a kingmaker when the party elects new leaders in 2017.
The death toll has dropped to 12 in the devastating fire that gutted a Nkandla old-age home in northern KwaZulu-Natal on Tuesday night, the South African Broadcasting Corporation reported on Wednesday. Earlier reports said that 15 people had died. Radio news reported that a cigarette may have caused the fire.
Despite an undertaking by President Thabo Mbeki, the South African government continues to undermine traditional leaders, Inkatha Freedom Party leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi said on Thursday. Buthelezi accused the government of paying "lip-service" to the African renaissance programme.
The KwaZulu-Natal health department has dropped a misconduct charge against rural doctor Colin Pfaff, following a storm of protest, the doctor confirmed on Thursday. Pfaff faced the charge for administering dual therapy -- two antiretroviral drugs -- to prevent the infection of babies born to HIV-positive mothers.