Health4Sale Part 3: Mpumalanga department of health broke rules for controversial ambulance company

Health4Sale Part 3: Mpumalanga department of health broke rules for controversial ambulance company

The Mpumalanga Department of Health has defied guidance from its provincial treasury and acted in contravention of the Public Finance Management Act in awarding a three-year contract to Buthelezi HEMS, a joint venture between a controversial private ambulance company called Buthelezi EMS and HALO Aviation. This has emerged from court documents obtained by Spotlight.

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Health4Sale Part 2: NorthWest pays double for dubious private ambulance service

Health4Sale Part 2: NorthWest pays double for dubious private ambulance service

The North West health department has effectively outsourced the bulk of its emergency medical service to a private ambulance company who is submitting hugely inflated invoices every month with very little appetite by officials to stop the looting.
Spotlight joins the dots in this two-part investigative feature Health4Sale.

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Health4Sale Part 1: North West blows HIV money on controversial private ambulance service

Health4Sale Part 1: North West blows HIV money on controversial private ambulance service

The North West Department of Health blew over R100-million expressly earmarked for HIV on two controversial private ambulance companies. Serious red flags are also raised by some of the invoices submitted by one of these companies.
Spotlight joins the dots in this two-part investigative feature Health4Sale.

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Life Esidimeni Arbitration: Testimonies

Life Esidimeni Arbitration: Testimonies

SECTION27 is representing 66 families whose loved ones passed away as a result of the Marathon Project. The arbitration heard heartbreaking testimony from family members – represented separately by SECTION27, The Legal Aid Clinic and Solidarity – about the state in which they found their loved ones.

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Fifteen years without a wheelchair – who pays?

Fifteen years without a wheelchair – who pays?

A volunteer healthcare worker tells the story of a young boy confined to his bed since he was a young child, as a result of the shortage of physiotherapists and occupational therapists in the rural Eastern Cape. This is a first-person account of the rigours of rural health care, in which it takes extraordinary effort to secure even the most basic services.

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Lifesaving programme under threat

Lifesaving programme under threat

Keiskamma Trust, an Eastern Cape based health organisation, praised around the world for its incredible community work which has saved thousands of lives, is in danger after funding cuts. Ntsiki Mpulo spent time with a community worker to give us a glimpse into the important work they do in a province where the health system is unable to deliver.

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Priority-Setting, Social Justice and Human Rights in the Eastern Cape

Priority-Setting, Social Justice and Human Rights in the Eastern Cape

The stories of health care users experiences with the health system as published by Spotlight are devastating. Various factors play a role when patients’ rights are violated, such as poor planning, inadequate HR management, budget cuts, healthcare worker attitudes, medicine stock-outs, poor policy implementation, and well-intentioned policies that fail to address the rural context.

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