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Health4Sale: Free State – Multi-million Rand contract delivers dodgy medical equipment

Health4Sale: Free State – Multi-million Rand contract delivers dodgy medical equipment

Brand new theatre beds are broken within months and sub-standard anaesthesia machines stand unused following the award of a multi-million Rand ...
Living positively: Tshepo Ngoato, Midrand, Gauteng

Living positively: Tshepo Ngoato, Midrand, Gauteng

When Tshepo Ngoato’s doctor and aunt sat him down to tell him he was HIV-positive, he felt as if his world had crashed before his eyes – that he ...
Living positively: Shakira Namwanje, Uganda

Living positively: Shakira Namwanje, Uganda

Uganda has about 1.4 million people living with HIV, with women – and young women especially – disproportionately affected. According to AVERT, ...
Access denied

Access denied

Activists blame government for limited access to abortion services in the public sector.
The dangers of vaginal douching

The dangers of vaginal douching

Ever heard of using plain yoghurt, or a mixture of Stoney and Lemon Twist, or cinnamon and milk? Well, these are some of the ‘remedies’ that have ...
Period-shaming must fall

Period-shaming must fall

Ufrieda Ho, Spotlight Statistics about menstruation and girls’ missed school days in South Africa have been guesstimates at best, and range wildly ...
The cost of liberation

The cost of liberation

A moment of true liberation came for Thembi Mahlathi when she was standing at a supermarket check-out queue. In her shopping basket, for the first ...
DREAMS and She Conquers

DREAMS and She Conquers

An estimated 2 000 new HIV infections occur in young women and girls every week in South Africa. Two high-profile programmes are aiming to address ...
Improving SRHR access for queers in South Africa

Improving SRHR access for queers in South Africa

Melusi Dlamini shares his take on the state of play when it comes to the Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) of the LGBTQIA+ community.
UNAIDS must Address Culture of Impunity, Michel Sidibé Must Go!

UNAIDS must Address Culture of Impunity, Michel Sidibé Must Go!

By 23 leading women activists Note: This op-ed is adapted from a letter sent by Vuyiseka Dubula and 22 other leading women activists to the ...
The needs of queer folk in SA

The needs of queer folk in SA

by Thuthukile Mbatha, Spotlight June 2017 saw the launch of South Africa’s first Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer Intersex Asexual Plus ...
Cutting-edge youth services

Cutting-edge youth services

The Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation (DTHF) is implementing a number of innovative youth-focused health services around Cape Town. Others could learn from ...
Bill would roll back right to choose

Bill would roll back right to choose

  Thabang Pooe, SECTION27 A new Bill threatens the very essence of a woman’s right to bodily integrity and reproductive decision-making, as ...
Contraception: DBE Draft Policy on the Prevention and Management of Learner Pregnancy

Contraception: DBE Draft Policy on the Prevention and Management of Learner Pregnancy

Thabang Pooe, SECTION27 The results of the last Annual School Survey, released in 2017, sent shock waves through the country. According to the ...
We are failing young women in South Africa

We are failing young women in South Africa

Thuthukile Mbatha, Guest Editor, Spotlight Note: This is the editorial from a special print edition of Spotlight guest-edited by young people. Every ...
Young women: Seven myths about menstruation and reproductive health

Young women: Seven myths about menstruation and reproductive health

Sexual and reproductive health education being taught in South African schools has left some female learners and young women feeling less confident ...
Ambulance bases of shame

Ambulance bases of shame

An ambulance base has to comply with a certain set of minimum requirements contained in among others the National Health Act. At the end of last ...
Health4Sale Part 6: Magashule cleared way for controversial private ambulance company to cash in

Health4Sale Part 6: Magashule cleared way for controversial private ambulance company to cash in

Buthelezi EMS netted more than R15-million from two suspect back-dated price increases from the Free State Department of Health, apparently without ...
Health4Sale part 5: Controversial private ambulance company in line for new Free State tender

Health4Sale part 5: Controversial private ambulance company in line for new Free State tender

A Gauteng-based ambulance operator, Buthelezi EMS, that is currently the subject of both Hawks and Treasury investigations has scored road and air ...
North West doctors release open letter calling for end to closure of health services

North West doctors release open letter calling for end to closure of health services

Over 70 North West doctors have released an open letter expressing their concern over the impact the ongoing labour action is having on the delivery ...