Pressing financial challenges that have befuddled previous ministers include health insurance, free education and the nuclear deal with Russia.
As the ANC goes to its elective conference in Mangaung, we look at the resolutions made at the 2007 Polokwane conference. What have they achieved?
Medical practitioners are pessimistic about healthcare in South Africa, says new study.
Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has decried the replacement of the healthcare system in Gauteng, Limpopo and the Eastern Cape with "tender-care".
A revised version of the NDP has been handed to President Jacob Zuma, with changes to key issues like salaries, the economy and cadre deployment.
A lack of basic services will leave an already crippled system unable to cope with the additional red tape.
A public health expert says the National Health Insurance scheme is seen as a solution to all health system ills, to the detriment of other policies.
Gauteng health minister Ntombi Mekgwe says Tshwane is ready for implementation of the national health insurance scheme pilot phase.
Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi says Pretoria will be one of 10 districts selected for a National Health Insurance pilot programme from April 1.
The healthcare system has the middle-income earners in a tight spot between high private costs and terrible state facilities.
Pravin Gordhan will address funding in his budget speech, but analysts say money is the least of the national health insurance scheme's problems.
Without their presence South Africa's national health insurance cannot be implemented successfully to provide quality healthcare.
The ANC has slated a DA statement on the national health insurance, calling the party pretentious for saying the poor would suffer more under the NHI.
The DA has criticised the proposed National Health Insurance scheme, saying the green paper doesn't address the major problems.
With healthcare costs spiralling out of control the prognosis for South Africa's 110 medical aid schemes hardly seems a picture of health.
There is a long way to go before the National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme can become a reality, Cosatu said on Saturday.
Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi says an audit of health facilities is well under way ahead of a plan to start National Health Insurance pilot sites.
South Africans will have to tighten their belts, knuckle down and work together if we are to weather the economic storms ahead, says Pravin Gordhan.
The health department has launched a human resource plan to deal with the public sector's severe lack of doctors and nurses.