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Op-ed: New health product regulatory authority launched

March 22, 2018

The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority shows promise for more efficient review and approval of medical devices and medicines, writes PATH’s Yolanda Moyo.

Op-ed: What you didn’t see at the Esidimeni arbitration

March 20, 2018

The decision of Former Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke in the Life Esidimeni arbitration is an important landmark following more than two years of resistance, negotiation, confrontation, heart break and horror, writes Section27 attorney.

Esidimeni: families each to get R1,2-million

March 20, 2018

Following a litany of lies, “murderous” decisions, agonising deaths and torturous transfers, an amount of R1.2-million will now be paid to each of the families affected by the Gauteng Department of Health’s decision to move mentally ill patients out of Life Esidimeni facilities.

Sugar tax: The fight against sugar is just beginning

March 19, 2018

South Africa is less than two weeks away from implementing the hard-won tax on sugary drinks. Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said now that “we’ve got a foot in the door” he will strengthen the government’s fight against the negative health impacts of sugar by pushing for a higher tax.

Struggle continues for Gauteng health workers

March 15, 2018

Community Healthcare Workers in Gauteng, despite having had long overdue back pay issues sorted out, say their struggles are not yet over.

Shockingly nicotine levels found in SA’s babies

March 13, 2018

One in five South African babies surveyed in two townships have the same levels of nicotine in their system as active smokers.

Tobacco is expensive to the environment

March 12, 2018

Tobacco farming causes significant damage to the environment and farmers are often in debt as prices are low and production costs are high.