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.
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.
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 a clinic was built starting in 2010, but eight years later remains empty. This is a story of broken promises and a community with poor access to healthcare.
National Health Insurance is supposed to shrink the gulf between the public and private health sector. SECTION27 Researcher Thabang Pooe recently experienced both sides in one day. Here she reflects on her observations.
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. They took personal risks to prevent it. They went to prison. They went into exile. They risked their own security and comfort. That was once upon a time. That was history.
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 for true justice to be delivered to those who were wronged.
Opinion: We are reminded on a daily basis of failures in our public health system: strikes, stock-outs, critical vacancies, vulnerable patients left to die, cancer patients without treatment, dilapidated and poorly equipped facilities, rampant corruption and wholesale capture of provincial health departments. By Helen Schneider, Uta Lehmann, Lucy Gilson
An article this week by the Daily Maverick’s Ferial Haffajee The sordid story of Mosebenzi ‘Gupta’ Zwane – South Africa’s most captured Cabinet minister reminds us just what a scumbag this former MEC, Minister and still Member of our Parliament is.
The Group of 23 women have come out in support of their fellow activist Vuyiseka Dubula, who recently received a threatening letter from UNAIDS Director Erasmus Morah. He demanded she retract a range of statements.
The People’s Health Movement South Africa (PHm-SA) are supportive of the principles that underpin the NHI, but they have several reservations about whether the NHI Bill can deliver universal health coverage. David Sanders & Louis Reynolds of PHM-SA explains.