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Six advantages of dolutegravir

Six advantages of dolutegravir

Dolutegravir is a critically important antiretroviral medicine that is set to become the backbone of South Africa and many other countries’ HIV programmes.
Let women decide whether they want to take dolutegravir

Let women decide whether they want to take dolutegravir

An important new antiretroviral medicine will soon become available to people living with HIV in various Sub-Saharan African countries. Unfortunately, many women might be denied access to this new drug due to an inability of regulators and health departments to see potential risks associated with the drug in the proper context.
Letter to President Cyril Ramaphosa: Send a message to world leaders to commit financially to fighting Aids

Letter to President Cyril Ramaphosa: Send a message to world leaders to commit financially to fighting Aids

Dear Honourable President Ramaphosa, Greetings. Thank you for your tireless efforts to try to eradicate corruption and State Capture. We hope that these efforts will soon translate into a strong commitment to improve the quality of life of millions of our people, including their access to life-saving medicines and quality health. As you know, we …
The SADMON Files 5: When social media doesn’t go viral

The SADMON Files 5: When social media doesn’t go viral

In 2015 Sadmon Projects and Consulting was awarded a three-year, R352 million communications contract by the Department of Health. The tender was for an external service provider to run a mass media communication and social media mobilisation campaign.  The emphasis was on “mass”, and a successful social media strategy was therefore critical.
The SADMON Files 4: Autopsy of the Phila communications campaign

The SADMON Files 4: Autopsy of the Phila communications campaign

In 2015 Sadmon Projects and Consulting was awarded a three-year, R352 million communications contract by the Department of Health. Spotlight analysis of reports Sadmon submitted to the department (obtained through a Promotion of Access to Information Act request) paint a worrying picture of multiple delays and constant miscommunication – all while the bills for the public purse keep mounting up.
The SADMON Files 3: Red Ribbon or red flag?

The SADMON Files 3: Red Ribbon or red flag?

In 2015 Sadmon Projects and Consulting was awarded a three-year, R352 million communications contract by the Department of Health. An essential part of the contract was the oversight, management and stock control at the Department’s Red Ribbon Resource Centre (RRRC) where the National Department of Health’s condoms, branding and communication materials are warehoused. 
Sadmon threatens Spotlight with legal action

Sadmon threatens Spotlight with legal action

Spotlight today received a letter from lawyers representing Sadmon Consulting CC and its sole director Mr Cyril Sadiki threatening legal action should Spotlight publish any further articles relating to Sadmon’s R352-million contract with the Department of Health.
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 obtained by Spotlight through a PAIA show an astonishingly dysfunctional relationship between Sadmon and the department. The monthly progress reports submitted by Sadmon are studded with incidences of frustration and finger pointing and Sadmon does not come across as the innovative, mass media communication (and project management) experts they profess to be.
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 communications tender. The aim was to understand how this bid was granted, what monies were paid to Sadmon and what was delivered in return. Our five-part investigation (this is part 1) provides an unprecedented perspective on one of South Africa's most critical communication projects, and a unique insight into the interface between a service provider and government. It is not a pretty picture.
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 officials in preparing a new version of the National Health Insurance Bill for submission to Cabinet. Spotlight's Marcus Low and Anso Thom report on a leaked letter.

IN FOCUS: AIDS2018 Amsterdam

Spotlight reports from the 2018 AIDS Conference in Amsterdam

Posted about Treatment in 2017

AIDS2018: Humans in the Age of HIV-Where I work now, I actually feel like a woman

AIDS2018: Humans in the Age of HIV-Where I work now, I actually feel like a woman

By Nomatter Ndebele Thirty-seven-year-old Zelda Leonie, has been a sex worker since she was 17 years old. She decided to go into sex work when she realized that she could not depend on her mother to provide them with everything, so she turned to sex work. “I was desperate, I wanted things that my mother …
AIDS2018: Humans in the Age of HIV-Carmen is impossible to miss

AIDS2018: Humans in the Age of HIV-Carmen is impossible to miss

By Nomatter Ndebele Carmen is impossible to miss. She comes sauntering down the road with her luscious  black locks bouncing gently behind her, as she moves closer she casually drops her arms and reveals her toned abdomen, sporting a tattoo that rises to the side of her midriff. Carmen is a transgender person who does …
Health4Sale: How the Limpopo Department of Health went rogue to protect Buthelezi HEMS

Health4Sale: How the Limpopo Department of Health went rogue to protect Buthelezi HEMS

In a remarkable judgment asserting the rule of law, the North Gauteng High Court has ordered the Limpopo Department of Health to obey court orders and reinstate an aeromedical service provided by Red Cross Air Mercy Service (AMS). The order will force the province to cancel its contract with the controversial Buthelezi HEMS, something it has been reluctant to do despite an earlier order from the Supreme Court of Appeal unequivocally stating that Red Cross AMS, and not Buthelezi HEMS, should provide the service as per an awarded tender.
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 medical equipment tender by the Free State Department of Health to a company called Mediquip SA Hub of which two co-directors are George Sebulela, of the Black Business Council and one of the latest additions to the Eskom board, and Tefetso Bernard Phitsane, a senior ANC politician in the Free State and close ally of Ace Magashule.
Sex Work and the new NSP

Sex Work and the new NSP

By Marlise Richter[1], Thuli Khoza[2] and Katlego Rasebitse[3] Sex Work and the ‘National Strategic Plan on HIV, STIs and TB 2017-2022’ – time to be brave! No HIV plan or response will be wholly successful if it does not candidly address the context in which sex work takes place, and do so from within a …
Hoer! Magosha! Prossie! Doxy! – Why has the law on sex work not changed?

Hoer! Magosha! Prossie! Doxy! – Why has the law on sex work not changed?

By Marlise Richter - Sex work is fully criminalised in South Africa. This means that anyone who buys sex, who sells sex, or who helps facilitate a sex-work transaction can be prosecuted.
Did Durban listen to sex workers?

Did Durban listen to sex workers?

By Ishtar Lakhani - This year marked the 21st International AIDS Conference (AIC) held in Durban – 16 years since this conference was last held on South African soil in 2000.
How PEPFAR’s anti-prostitution pledge impedes sex worker health

How PEPFAR’s anti-prostitution pledge impedes sex worker health

By Marlise Richter - The US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) should end its anti-prostitution pledge.

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