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Easter:How much chocolate is too much?

April 18th, 2019       News  

It’s Easter time and children (and adults) are gearing up for an Easter egg hunt, but how much chocolate is too much and what constitutes a sugar binge versus a treat?

Sugary drinks tax turns one — amid opposition

April 1, 2019
News  

The tax on sugary drinks has raised almost R3 billion. Coca-Cola says it has reduced the sugar levels of its drinks range by more than a quarter, irritating those who said the levy wouldn’t cut sugar consumption. But is the profit being used for health promotion? Could political parties rally against it after the election?

Villagers’ treacherous journey for healthcare

March 29, 2019
OurHealth  

For KwaMhlanga villagers seeking healthcare may actually kill them. Many residents of the Eastern Cape village have deserted health services due to the alarming rate of rape and murders in a forest separating the village and the clinic in Flagstaff town.

Ill woman’s ‘sangoma trauma’

March 29, 2019
OurHealth  

When she was 28, Isabell Gama from Emanyeveni in Mpumalanga thought that the tingling in her feet was due to idlozi; her ancestors were calling her to become a sangoma but she had not answered the call.

Updates to assault form is better for rape survivors

March 28, 2019
News  

Medical and legal experts have welcomed updates to the J88 form – the official form used by health workers to document injuries of victims of violence in preparation for a legal case.

Sugar industry job loss claims are premature – Treasury

March 27, 2019
News  

It is premature for the sugar industry to claim that the sugary drinks tax is causing job losses, according to Treasury.

Community suffers as leaders squabble over clinic site

March 27, 2019
OurHealth  

Residents of Makhwaleni Village, near the Eastern Cape town of Lusikisiki, have been deprived of a new clinic for years as the Amakhwalo Chief and the ward councillor squabble over where it should be built.

Toxic sludge ‘will kill people’

March 26, 2019
News  

WATER CASE STUDY: Parys residents say their tap water is dirty and stinks like rotten eggs, and experts say it’s because of sewage going into the Vaal River.