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The inequality gap and its impact on health

Social injustice is the biggest threat to global health and a radical change in society is needed if we really want people to live long, healthy lives.

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Patient distressed by 6-year wait for surgery

The long waiting list for operations at one of the continent’s biggest hospitals is causing anxiety for a Soweto woman who has been told she has to wait until 2023 for an operation.

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Traditional dance & football keep grannies fit

Twice a week more than 50 elderly people from Ha-Mabila and surrounding villages, outside of Sibasa in Limpopo gather at a local sports ground to play football and perform traditional dances.

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WHO backs SA’s sugary drinks tax

The World Health Organization has announced strong support for Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan’s announcement that sugary beverages were to be taxed.

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Gordhan outlines initial focus of NHI Fund

The Finance Minister announced that a NHI Fund will be set up this year in the next step towards universal health coverage.

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Govt waters down sugary drinks tax

Treasury has watered down its proposed tax on sugary drinks – now at around 11% rather than the proposed 20% – and pure fruit juices are not yet included.

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“Suburban” residents bar access for HIV survey

Future health policies will be based on the results of this survey, yet some residents have refused to participate.

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Sugar tax to take the fizz out of sodas

Sugary cold drinks are likely to get an extra tax in today’s Budget, joining cigarettes and alcohol in the sin bin.

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Five years later, parts of school still roof-less

After years of empty promises by the Limpopo education department, learners from Dzimauli School in Folovhodwe village are still being taught in roofless classrooms.

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Budget speech to clarify sugar tax

The beverage industry, sugar farmers and health activists are anxiously awaiting clarity on the sugary drinks’ tax, expected in tomorrow’s (22nd Feb) Budget speech.

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