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8 most common workplace accidents

Workplace accidents have been an issue since time immemorial. For example, many workers died during the construction of the pyramids. Unfortunately, they were not entitled to compensation, but they did have the honour of being buried in tombs near the site.  Today, although health and safety is a lot better in the workplace, accidents can […]

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Silicosis case: still a long walk from ex-miners’ justice

Those who want to see justice not only being done but be seen to be done should be impressed that frail and sickly ex-miners, through their lawyers of course, have been granted a go-ahead by the Gauteng South High Court in South Africa to proceed with a case against their previous employers, 32 mining companies, […]

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SA HIV/AIDS researcher wins a prestigious women in science award

  Coming at a time when a recent report has indicated that women are still deprived of opportunities to participate in the the economy, Professor Quarraisha Abdool Karim is a great inspiration. The HIV/AIDS Researcher has won a top science accolade which comes with a prize of R1.7 million, after being named one of five […]

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Silicosis: Mine health and safety on trial

Since the advent of the Gold Rush towards the end of the 19th century, Mine health and safety has not been the main priority of mining houses in South Africa, whose main interest is making profit at whatever cost. And the situation is not any better now – the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) in […]

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New technologies: low healthcare costs for the majority?

An interesting point was raised during the Hospital Association of South Africa (HASA) which was held in Cape Town recently. In his speech, Dr. Dr Imraan Munshi, a partner at McKinsey & Company, predicted that smart devices to track inventories, equipment and even patients and doctors in real time, as they travelled around the hospital […]

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70% South African households a meal away from starvation

Analysts might have predicted that South Africa might face a food security ‘Doomsday’ in a few years to come due to dwindling capacity of the commercial farming sector. But for the majority of South Africans this is already a reality, according to results of a study by the Medical Research Council of South Africa, which […]

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Why National Health Scheme is needed: Medical Schemes serve 17%

The Aaron Motsoalaledi, might not have been politicking after all when he suggested that introduction of the National Health Scheme (NHS) was a definite route that the country was supposed to take for every South African to access quality health care. The chairperson of the Council for Medical Schemes (CMS), Professor Yosuf Veriava, concurred concurred […]

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Partnership to heal the world extended

The most cost effective way in which the world can make a huge difference is through strategic partnerships. And in the arena of health, an area in which Africa faces enormous challenges this could not have been more fitting. Recognising the persistence of the health challenges in Africa (Ebola scourge comes to mind), Standard Bank […]

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Compensation fund for lung disease victims

Some have long died and their dependents condemned to destitution. But there appears to be some ray of light at the end of the tunnel for survivors. This follows the announcement by Health Minister, Aaron Motsoaledi, about plans for R1.5bn compensation payout to miners suffering from lung disease, under Project Ku-Riha, which means compensation in […]

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WHO calls for R10 per person health investment

African countries should take the initiative themselves if there are to strengthen the capacity of their primary health care. This could be through committing a small part of their annual fiscal expenditure towards it. In a report issued from London on 26 March 2015 reviewed by Reuters, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has called on […]

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