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ASSAf honours South Africa’s top scholars

Forty-three of the country’s leading scholars and scientists were inaugurated as members of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) at the annual...

Nobel Prize for physiology/medicine shared by two Americans

The Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet has awarded the 2021 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine jointly to David Julius and Ardem Patapoutian for...

Health committee’s new chair says technology will thwart NHI corruption

Reflecting on the mammoth issue of corruption casting a shadow over South Africaʼs health sector, Dr Kenneth Jacobs stresses the importance of safety nets...

Tragic end to Pretoria medical family’s new life New Zealand

Pretoria orthopaedic surgeon Dr Graham Dickason, his general practitioner wife Dr Lauren Dickason, and their three young children sought a new life in New...

Daunting road ahead for SA’s new Health minister

Dr Zweli Mkhize's successor, Dr Mathume Joseph Phaahla, takes over as Health minister at a crucial time, writes BusinessLIVE. Not only does he become...

Daunting road ahead for SA’s new Health minister

Dr Zweli Mkhize's successor, Dr Mathume Joseph Phaahla, takes over as Health minister at a crucial time, writes BusinessLIVE. Not only does he become...

Dr Sindi van Zyl: 'Generous, selfless and kind' radio host dies of COVID-19

Johannesburg-based medical doctor and radio host Dr Sindi van Zyl, 45, succumbed to a COVID-19 related illness after a two-month battle with the virus...

PE doctor who underwent COVID-19-linked lung transplant has died

One of the first COVID-19 patients to receive a lung transplant in South Africa has died. Much-loved Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth) anaesthetist Dr Michiel Botha...

SA’s first black microbiologist is new co-chair of Covid-19 MAC team

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has announced that Professor Koleka Mlisana will be Professor Salim Abdool Karim's successor and join Professor Marian Jacobs as the...

The struggle for access to COVID jabs is déjà vu , says UCT's Bekker

Yesterday's fight for access to ARV treatment for people with HIV is mirrored in today's struggle for access to COVID-19 vaccinations, says University of...

SA-born head of US biotech to partner with Biovac on COVID vaccine

US immunotherapy company ImmunityBio, founded and headed by South African born and educated Dr Patrick Soon-Shiong, will partner with Cape-Town-based Biovac to manufacture that...

SA-born chiropractor strikes it rich with telemedicine start-up

A personal tragedy and an unlikely sequence of events led Johannesburg-born chiropractor Clint Phillips to found telemedicine firm 2nd.MD in 2010, reports BusinessLIVE. Last...

Prominent KZN cardiologist dies of COVID-19

Prominent Durban cardiologist Dr Somalingum (Leslie) Ponnusamy has died of COVID-19, reports News24. Ponnusamy held the position of head of the clinical unit at the...

COVID-19 has made Prof Abdool Karim a media celebrity

Professor Salim Abdool Karim has become a household name in the past year, writesUniversity World News. Celebrity status has two indicators: media interest in...

HPCSA elects new president and vice-president

Professor Mbulaheni Simon Nemutandani has been elected the new president of the Health Professions Council of SA (HPCSA), and Dr Simpiwe Sobuwa as his...

Neuroscientist scorned by the medical establishment is finally vindicated

An Australian neuroscientist whose research on avoiding strokes through lifestyle changes and medication instead of surgical interventions put her at odds with the medical...

Abdool Karim and Fauci share the 2020 John Maddox Prize

South Africa's Professor Salim Abdool Karim and the United States's Dr Anthony Fauci have jointly been awarded the 2020 John Maddox Prize for standing...

AAS's biennial prize for innovation goes to University of Pretoria audiologist

The African Academy of Sciences (AAS) has awarded its biennial Olusegun Obasanjo Prize for Scientific Breakthrough and/or Technological Innovation to the University of Pretoria's...

Gauteng's COVID-19 quarantine chief dies unexpectedly

Gauteng's acting CEO of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) has died suddenly, according to the provincial government, reports The Times. Kgati Malebana, 46, was part of the...

2020 Medicine Nobel Prize to be shared by three scientists

The Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institutet has decided to award the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine jointly to Harvey J Alter, Michael...

Nobel-winning gynaecologist under UN protection after death threats

Nobel laureate gynaecologist Dr Denis Mukwege has been placed under the guard of UN security forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) after...

Prof Elmi Muller wins UCT's 2019 Alan Pifer Award

Professor Elmi Muller's dedication to making organ transplantation available to vulnerable people that has led to her being recognised with the 2019 University of...

Mandela's personal physician dies

Dr Vejay Ramlakan, Nelson Mandela's personal physician and former surgeon-general of the country's armed forces, has died aged 62, reports IoL. He served in...

SA doctor who emigrated to escape crime, brutally killed in Canada

Dr Walter "Tokkie" Reynolds, 45-years-old, who emigrated to Canada in 2003 reportedly to escape high crime levels in South Africa, was last week killed...

CMS loses to coronavirus its second chair in months

The Council of Medical Schemes has lost its second leader in months to COVID-19, following the death of Professor Lungile Pepeta on Friday, 7...

EC's COVID-19 project management unit head has controversial past

The team deployed to rectify the Eastern Cape Health Department’s disastrous COVID-19 response is being led by Sibongile Zungu, who has a contentious past...

Doctor and former Springbok dies from COVID-19 complications

Medical doctor and former Springbok wing Corra Dirksen has passed away from COVID-19 complications, reports News24. He was 82. Dirksen was still practicing his...

A day in the life of a Health Minister, in a time of pandemic

South Africa's Dr Zweli Mkhize diarises a typical day in the life of a Health Minister, in the days of pandemic, writing in The...

KZN contingent on Mkhize's Advisory Committee on COVID-19

Nine medical experts from Kwazulu-Natal are part of the high-level Ministerial Advisory Committee (MAC) which was formed to help steer government’s response to the...

How the 'perfect family doctor' got away with over 250 murders

Twenty years after he was convicted, a new BBC documentary examines why it took so long to catch Britain's most prolific serial killer, Dr...

Controversial acting DG for Health steps aside for new man

Acting director-general of Health, Dr Anban Pillay, leaves under a cloud of controversy, to be replaced on 1 June by a new DG who...

New director-general of Health Department has a controversial past

The Health Department has announced the appointment of South African National Aids Council (Sanac) CEO Dr Sandile Buthelezi as the department’s incoming director-general. Buthelezi's...

Health Sciences University defends appointment of new vice-chancellor

The Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University (SMU) has defended the appointment of Professor Peter Mbati as vice-chancellor, despite looming legal action, reports News24. "Prof...

Chair of SA's medical schemes regulator succumbs to COVID-19

The chair of the Council for Medical Schemes (CMS), Clarence Mini, has died from COVID-19, Business Day reports the regulator’s spokesperson confirmed. The report says...

Fauci: 'Pinned between Donald Trump and the American people'

Aged 79, Anthony S Fauci has run the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for 36 years, through six administrations and a long...

SA-born doctor leading Africa's COVID-19 fight

Dr Matshidiso Moeti, the World Health Organisation’s regional director for Africa, has become the continent’s public face of the fight against the pandemic, writes...

Imperial vs Oxford: Covid-19 rivalry may have roots in a sex smear two decades ago  

Starkly contrasting studies from Imperial College and Oxford University into the likely trajectory of COVID-19 has led to a furious public dispute, writes The...

Ireland's prime minister gets back to work as part-time doctor in state health service

Ireland's Prime Minister Leo Varadkar will go back to work as a doctor to help out during the coronavirus outbreak, reports Euro News. The...

SA's healthcare workers at the frontline in the war on COVID-19

While the rest of the country is corralled behind closed doors, South Africa's COVID-19 heroes are at the frontline in the war. The Times...

New CEO promises to turn notorious Mamelodi Hospital into '5-star' institution

Dr Naing Soe, the new CEO of Pretoria's notorious Mamelodi Hospital, promises to turn the premises into “a five-star” establishment. Mamelodi Hospital in Pretoria made...