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Study: Nutrition cannot replace drugs in treating Aids

Nutrition is a supportive measure in dealing with infections such as HIV/Aids and tuberculosis (TB), meaning neither food nor food supplements are alternatives to drug therapy in treating people living with Aids, says a report released on Wednesday by the Academy of Science in South Africa (Assaf).

Crisis of the call centres

When Cleopatra Taona went to the Randfontein testing centre for her driver's-licence test at the beginning of June this year, she failed. If that was not a daunting enough experience, she has since been unable to make a second appointment. ''I called the GP [Gauteng] call centre to get a new date, whereupon I was told that I would be put on a waiting list as it was fully booked for the next two months. But I was assured I would get a date by July,'' she says.

Internet users get own Survivor ‘webisodes’

As if it weren't bad enough that fans of the South African version of Survivor already had to give up one evening a week for their reality fix, they now have even more to look forward to on the web. Exclusive ''webisodes'' created for the internet are being produced for the second season of Survivor.

Baragwanath hit by safety concerns

Students and medical staff at the Chris Hani-Baragwanath Hospital say they feel unsafe -- and that administrators need to do more to improve safety at the world's biggest hospital. On July 30, a student was raped at the hospital. She had been on her way to the blood bank at about 7pm when two men approached her and one of them raped her.

Rape places issue of pornography under spotlight

A 27-year-old man who admits he cannot control his sexual urges will spend 12 years behind bars for raping his 10-year-old cousin. The man from Orange Farm, south of Johannesburg, told the Vereeniging Circuit Court he committed the crime because of too much pornography.

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