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Contractors delay reopening of KwaMhlanga mortuary

January 18, 2019

Workers at the KwaMhlanga Forensic Pathology Services Centre in Mpumalanga are unhappy with their poor working conditions. Balise Mabona writes that the National Education, Health and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu) wants renovations to the pathology facility to be completed so it can re-open after it was closed down for failing to comply with infrastructural requirements.

Promoting a healthy lifestyle for Soweto’s moms-to-be

October 3, 2018

SOWETO – A network of social franchises has sprung up across Soweto to meet the area’s needs for decent prenatal classes in the townships. Story by Pamela Mkhize.

Diabetes rising in African females of childbearing age

May 4, 2018

JOHANNESBURG – As increasing numbers of African people embrace Western life over traditional customs, so they are exposed to a number of new chronic conditions and illnesses.

Malpractice suits undermining SA health system

April 18, 2018

The increasing number of medical malpractice litigation claims in South Africa have been described as an ‘explosion’ by Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, who warns that the compassion-based practice of medicine is being replaced by defensive medicine and mistrust.

Clampdown on illegal crèches in Free State

February 27, 2018

The South African Early Childhood Development Forum in the Free State has launched a campaign to shut down all unregistered early childhood development centres operating in the province. Piet Motaung reports that poor nutrition is one of the many reasons why such centres pose a risk to children.

Fatty food a risk for gallstones

February 13, 2018

Vumile Hlophe from Soshanguve ignored strange body pains and cramps for several months before they grew so bad she had to be hospitalised. Sharon Nkosi writes that the ongoing discomfort she had ignored turned out to be gallstones – a condition that will be fixed when she undergoes surgery at the end of this month.

Sugar and sight: what’s the connection?

November 13, 2017

Debates are in full swing about the proposed sugar tax that is likely to start in South Africa in early 2018. As Orbis Africa explains, this is part of a broader government plan to tackle non-communicable diseases over the next five years.