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Asked and answered: Six things you need to know about the new Covid-19 variant in South Africa

In December 2020, scientists announced that a new variant of the Covid-19 — called 501Y.V2 — had been identified in South Africa. Here’s a look at what we’ve learnt in the past month about the new variant that is driving the country’s second wave of infections

Behind the masks: Meet the people who keep Gauteng’s Covid-19 field hospital going

Get to know the cleaners, plumbers and therapists who work at the Nasrec field hospital. Plus, find out what happens to newspapers, food and medical equipment used at the Covid-19 facility

From ‘academic boys’ to ‘sex-jaros’: What it means to be a black boy in a South African township

Toxic masculinities help drive everything from HIV infection rates to gender-based violence. But before we ask, what does it mean to be a ‘man’ in South Africa, should we wonder what it’s like to be a boy?

Q&A: 9 things to know about Africa’s first Covid-19 vaccine trial

In about a year we’re likely to know if a candidate vaccine we’re beginning to test this week is effective against a virus that has devastated our country

Why the public-private partnership to build Lesotho’s only specialist hospital floundered

It was hailed as a revolution in private investment in healthcare in Africa, but almost a decade after it was opened, Lesotho’s only specialist hospital takes up almost a third of the country’s entire health budget. Now, we may finally know why

Can you pause a pandemic? Inside the race to stop spread of Covid-19

Tracing the close contacts of people who test positive for coronavirus disease is a delicate dance. Here’s why these health workers wait for the cover of darkness to take action

Risks & benefits: new HIV drug combo could change the course of SA’s epidemic

South Africa’s next chapter in HIV treatment holds amazing promise, but unlocking it rests on having the right kind of discussions with women

Collusion, competition and corruption — A new Rx for better healthcare?

The three Cs: Collusion, competition and corruption. There’ll be a renewed push to safeguard your money when it comes to healthcare, but will it work?

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Mboweni says no more Zondo funding as court extends commission’s lifespan

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