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The SADMON Files 2: How not to manage a government contract

The SADMON Files 2: How not to manage a government contract

In 2015 Sadmon Projects and Consulting was awarded a three-year, R352 million communications contract by the Department of Health. Documents ...
The SADMON files 1: Government pushed R352m to controversial communications company

The SADMON files 1: Government pushed R352m to controversial communications company

In 2017 Spotlight lodged a Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA) application for all documents relating to a R352-m health department ...
NHI shenanigans exposed

NHI shenanigans exposed

Presidential Advisor Dr Olive Shisana and Minister of Health Dr Aaron Motsoaledi appear to have side-lined senior Department of Health and Treasury ...
Mankosi Clinic: The long and winding road to rural healthcare

Mankosi Clinic: The long and winding road to rural healthcare

The Mankosi Clinic story is a long and winding one, very much like the backroads in the Eastern Cape. Kathryn Cleary visited Mankosi Village, where ...
Tips for Tito!

Tips for Tito!

Finance Minister Tito Mboweni put out a Twitter appeal last week for inputs on his Medium Term Budget Policy Statement which he delivers today. The ...
OHSC – need we help it to do more?

OHSC – need we help it to do more?

The Rural Health Advocacy Project\'s Samantha Khan-Gillmore makes a impassioned plea for the Office of Health Standards Compliance to be capacitated ...
NHI: A tale of two hospitals

NHI: A tale of two hospitals

National Health Insurance is supposed to shrink the gulf between the public and private health sector. SECTION27 Researcher Thabang Pooe recently ...
Health4Sale: Loss and more loss in the North West

Health4Sale: Loss and more loss in the North West

Spotlight returned to the North West recently to take the temperature of the health system. Sadly, the picture is not pretty. The health system has ...
Health4Sale: More dodgy equipment supplied to the Free State

Health4Sale: More dodgy equipment supplied to the Free State

A company with a track record of supplying inferior medical equipment to the Free State health department recently sent five mobile x-ray units to ...
Health4Sale: Government employee represents private company as Free State again prepares to outsource part of ambulance service

Health4Sale: Government employee represents private company as Free State again prepares to outsource part of ambulance service

The Free State Department of Health has advertised a large new three-year private ambulance tender that flies in the face of comments  by Health ...
Our health system: Babies are the “canaries in the mine”

Our health system: Babies are the “canaries in the mine”

If our hospitals were mines they would be declared unsafe. Unfortunately though our canary-babies and their mothers can’t choose not to go into the ...
But hey, who cares?

But hey, who cares?

Once upon a time and not so long ago our politicians and senior public servants cared about the lives of other people. They cared about the loss of ...
Life Esidimeni: One year after the arbitration

Life Esidimeni: One year after the arbitration

It is one year since the Life Esidimeni arbitration kicked off. Ngqabutho Mpofu reflects on what has happened since and what still needs to happen ...
More black people donating blood in SA

More black people donating blood in SA

There was a substantial increase in black blood donors in South Africa from 2005 to 2015, while the very small risk of HIV transmission via blood ...
About your stimulus, Mr President

About your stimulus, Mr President

Spotlight has written a letter to President Cyril Ramaphosa reminding him of the widespread corruption in the health system and showing where he can ...
Money will show how serious the BRICS are about TB

Money will show how serious the BRICS are about TB

Whether or not the BRICS puts new money on the table for TB research, is a crucial test of whether the United Nations High-Level Meeting on TB ...
Building public health system capacity for NHI: Learning from disease-specific successes for system development

Building public health system capacity for NHI: Learning from disease-specific successes for system development

Opinion: We are reminded on a daily basis of failures in our public health system:  strikes, stock-outs, critical vacancies, vulnerable patients ...
Not forgotten: The sordid story of how Mosebenzi ‘Gupta’ Zwane’s thugs wreaked havoc in a Free State hospital

Not forgotten: The sordid story of how Mosebenzi ‘Gupta’ Zwane’s thugs wreaked havoc in a Free State hospital

An article this week by the Daily Maverick’s Ferial Haffajee The sordid story of Mosebenzi ‘Gupta’ Zwane – South Africa’s most captured Cabinet ...
Major downward adjustment of SA TB figures by WHO

Major downward adjustment of SA TB figures by WHO

The dramatically lower rate of new tuberculosis infections and TB deaths in South Africa just reported by the World Health Organisation primarily ...
Dear Mr President, we need to talk about our health system

Dear Mr President, we need to talk about our health system

Four of South Africa’s top public health systems academics last month sent a letter to President Cyril Ramaphosa as the country grapples with ...