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Sugar tax still on track despite ‘scare tactics’

The beverage industry has used “massive scare tactics” to fight a tax on sugary drinks, but it must now “come to the party” and cut the sugar content of its drinks.

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Drunk employees delay clinic construction

The new R17-million 4th Avenue Clinic facility under construction in Alexandra is unlikely to be finished on time due to numerous delays as well as construction employees repeatedly arriving drunk for work.

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Malaria count up to 2000 since April

LIMPOPO – While the number of patients reporting to clinics and hospitals with malaria in Mopani is dropping, the provincial health department remains concerned as the battle to end the current outbreak continues.

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Killed for being gay

While recent reports on the murder of part-time student Karabo Mokoena – whose body was discovered after she was burnt to death with acid with a tyre around her neck – have had South Africans reeling in horror, another equally disturbing murder has passed quietly by.

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A lack of understanding about autism sometimes fuels judgement in communities, says one Northern Cape mom (File photo)

A mother’s fight to break autism stigma

A Joburg mother, who is learning to cope after one of her three children was diagnosed with autism, is campaigning to break the stigma associated with the disorder.

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Who stands for stunted kids and obese adults?

Stunted kids grow into fat adults, indicative of a nutritional crisis government does not know how to address. Are there no champions for NCDs because they mostly affect women, the old and fat?

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Happy ending for ganglion cysts patient

Sbongeleni Myeni (25) from Jozini, north of KwaZulu Natal, is thrilled by the prospect of being able to proudly wear a wrist watch after a painful ganglion cyst that has bothered him for nine years has finally been removed.

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KZN traditional healers trained to test and counsel HIV and TB patients

KWA-ZULU NATAL – Traditional healers in KwaZulu Natal have been trained by the provincial Department of Health (DoH) to counsel, examine and test their patients impacted by HIV/Aids and TB.

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Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has sent a <br>task team to the Eastern Cape <br> photo credit: mg.co.za

No more tax breaks for medical aid members?

Tax breaks for medical aid members – amounting to R20-billion annually – may get may be scrapped if Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi gets his way.

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Sonke Gender Justice's Nonhlanhla Skosana speaks to a taxi driver about preventing gender-based violence. Credit: Amy Green

Action to guard women using taxis

No security at taxi ranks, taxi organisations not recognised as legal entities, ongoing attacks, inadequate police response – these were among the reasons why women are not safe in taxis.

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