COVID-19: What the pandemic is like for older persons living in poor communities

COVID-19: What the pandemic is like for older persons living in poor communities

Already at an increased risk of serious COVID-19 illness, older persons in poor communities face an additional set of difficulties in staying safe and healthy. Siyabonga Kamnqa spoke to older people, experts, civil society organisations and government authorities on what can be done to protect older people.

Read More

COVID-19: How PE waste pickers navigate lockdown and hunger

COVID-19: How PE waste pickers navigate lockdown and hunger

Hundreds of people daily search for recyclable materials to sell and food to eat at Arlington and Uitenhage waste disposal sites in Port Elizabeth. Luvuyo Mehlwana spoke to waste pickers about their fears of contracting COVID-19 from waste and to experts about the risks of this happening.

Read More

COVID-19: Seven lessons from the Western Cape

COVID-19: Seven lessons from the Western Cape

The COVID-19 epidemic in the Western Cape is at least a few weeks ahead of that in South Africa’s other provinces. Some leading doctors in the province have shared some key lessons learned in recent months.

Read More

ANALYSIS: Has administration rehabilitated the North West Health Department?

ANALYSIS: Has administration rehabilitated the North West Health Department?

The recent suspension of Professor Ebrahim Variava and the subsequent lifting of his suspension briefly placed the North West Department of Health in the national spotlight – a department that has been under administration for over two years. Marcus Low asks whether the latest developments are just a blip on the department’s road to recovery, or are they symptomatic of still deeply entrenched dysfunction.

Read More

COVID-19: How high-flow nasal oxygen is saving lives and sparing some patients the trauma of intubation

COVID-19: How high-flow nasal oxygen is saving lives and sparing some patients the trauma of intubation

Doctors at two of the Western Cape’s most severely impacted COVID-19 hospitals say they have seen positive outcomes from using high-flow nasal oxygen instead of invasive mechanical ventilation. Kathryn Cleary asked doctors at these hospitals to explain how and why this kind of oxygen therapy works so well.

Read More

COVID-19: Inside a Western Cape quarantine and isolation hotel

COVID-19: Inside a Western Cape quarantine and isolation hotel

Carefully planned meals, a television in the room and free Wi-Fi, but no alcohol or visitors allowed. Biénne Huisman steps inside one of the Western Cape’s quarantine and isolation hotels.

Read More

COVID-19: First Langa resident to test positive reflects on COVID-19 and quarantine

COVID-19: First Langa resident to test positive reflects on COVID-19 and quarantine

Nosisi Jacobs from Langa in Cape Town is among the over 37 000 people in the Western Cape who have so far recovered after testing positive for COVID-19. Siyabonga Kamnqa spoke to her about her journey from diagnosis, to life under quarantine and finally recovery.

Read More

Dramatic drop in SA’s immunisation rates

Dramatic drop in SA’s immunisation rates

National immunisation rates for children under five years have dropped dramatically over the period of South Africa’s COVID-19 lockdown, sparking fears of an outbreak of deadly childhood infectious diseases including measles. Adele Baleta reports.

Read More

COVID-19: R500bn and the case for procurement reform

COVID-19: R500bn and the case for procurement reform

President Cyril Ramaphosa has vowed to act strongly against any corruption and profiteering from the COVID-19 crisis but the systems in place to guard against this may be falling short. Spotlight looked at preliminary spending figures and asked some experts about how public money can be safeguarded during this time.

Read More

In Focus: Unpacking the Northern Cape’s COVID-19 response

In Focus: Unpacking the Northern Cape’s COVID-19 response

The Northern Cape Health Department has come under fire from NEHAWU, the DA, residents and healthcare workers for not testing enough and dragging its feet with its COVID-19 response. Refilwe Mekoa and Alicestine October investigate.

Read More