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NHI: It’s not just about the money

July 2, 2018

While the public health system is desperately under-funded, money alone will not fix it. Yet this is the underlying assumption of the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill, which serves to force the public and private health systems into a hasty marriage.

Politicians aid industry in dirty war over sugar tax

November 27, 2017

For over 18 months, the sugar and beverage industries have had the help of politicians to wage war against a proposed tax on sugary drinks in a microcosm of all that is rotten in this country. But the fight is not yet over.

Industry threatens MP over sugar tax

November 22, 2017

The chairperson of Parliament’s Standing Committee on Finance revealed in the National Assembly yesterday that he had received threats from industry-linked people to drop the tax on sugary drinks.

Parliament finally ready to vote on sugary drinks tax

November 8, 2017

The tax on sugary drinks will finally go before Parliament to be voted on within the next few weeks after more than a year of intense consultation.

MP-MEC fight is good for Mpumalanga patients

April 3, 2017

A death threat, an angry phone call from an MEC – clearly, a parliamentary oversight visit to Mpumalanga touched raw nerves. But this is good news for patients, who have suffered enough in the province.