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Higher education critical in Aids fight

AIDS fatigue caused by yet more messages that contain words like "abstain, be faithful and condomise", is forcing higher-education institutions to become more creative.

Speaking at the University of Johannesburg's (0UJ) annual HIV and AIDS colloquium yesterday, Mocke Jansen van Veuren, an independent artist, researcher and educator, said there was "this incredible resistance slackness" from students that came when HIV and Aids were brought into the curriculum content.

Continue reading | 19 September 2013 | 0 Comments | Tags: education, hiv awareness, students, the star

Special investigation into the collapse of a health system

On August 15, Ikho* celebrated his first birthday. Five days later, the chubby toddler died in an Eastern Cape hospital after being failed on multiple levels by the provincial health system.

His death has become a rallying point for a range of organisations, which will be marching to Bhisho on Friday under the banner of the Eastern Cape Health Crisis Action Coalition, to demand that the province urgently address the healthcare crisis.

Ikho was admitted to Holy Cross Hospital in Flagstaff early on August 19 with a severe chest infection and battling to breathe.

Continue reading | 11 September 2013 | 0 Comments | Tags: children, reporting, tac, the star

Doctor who? The eminent theologian studies medicine - for a few months

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has gone some way in fulfilling his lifelong dream of becoming a doctor by working side by side with medical students at Stellenbosch University.

Going to lectures with students of the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health and learning how to recognise symptoms of childhood diseases in he skills lab at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences has become part of Tutu's life over the past few months.

"I've been going to lectures and working with dedicated young students. I've always wanted to be a doctor and now I've had the opportunity to see what it's like," he said.

Continue reading | 10 September 2013 | 0 Comments | Tags: desmond tutu, desmond tutu tb centre, the star

Scared off from the snip

Initial reports on a child’s death following an MMC procedure should have identified the sensitivities inherent in reporting on the issue.

This (last) week The Star’s article, ‘Child (4) dies after circumcision’, reported on the death of a young boy who passed away after undergoing medical male circumcision (MMC).

Although The Star’s report details the events leading up to the boy being declared “brain dead”, it does not use reliable information to help readers understand that the circumcision itself was probably not the cause of death.

Continue reading | 3 September 2013 | 0 Comments | Tags: children, mmc, the star

Soapies give some much-needed edutainment

An article in the ‘Tonight’ section of The Star, reminds us of the important role South Africa’s much-loved soapies can play in educating the public on HIV. An article (26 August 2013) featuring an interview with popular soap opera actress Sophie Ndaba, who plays Queen in the stalwart soapie Generations, calls attention back to the practicalities of including HIV-related storylines in SA soaps.
Continue reading | 3 September 2013 | 0 Comments | Tags: hiv education, soapies, the star

Indians to join Reed Dance

Indian maidens could make history next year by taking part in the annual Zulu Reed Dance hosted by Zulu monarch Goodwill Zwelithini.

KwaZulu-Natal MPL Omie Singh revealed the plan during this year's ceremony, which took place at the Enyokeni Palace in Nongoma at the weekend.

Continue reading | 2 September 2013 | 0 Comments | Tags: abstinence, reed dance, the star, youth

HIV patients ‘turned away over policy’

At least one Gauteng public hospital has denied HIV treatment to some patients following a newly circulated provincial policy, activists say.

Leaked to public-interest group Section27, the policy requires public-hospital patients to prove they are legally in the country before receiving care.

Continue reading | 30 August 2013 | 0 Comments | Tags: doh, healthcare, the star

Plea to free mining from apartheid past

The second South African mining Lekgotla started yesterday at the Sandton Convention Centre under the theme "Competitiveness and Transformation for Growth".

The Chamber of Mines of South Africa, in partnership with the Department of Mineral resources and the National union of Mineworkers, facilitated the lekgotla.

Continue reading | 28 August 2013 | 0 Comments | Tags: healthcare, miners, the star

HIV/Aids course addresses counselling needs

In keeping with its policy of staying relevant and up-to-date in fields in which it offers skills and training, Boston City Campus and Business College has invited academics to review the course content of the higher certificate in HIV/Aids Counselling and Management.

Students can register for the revamped one-year course now, for studies in January, says Nadine Kruger of Boston.

Continue reading | 28 August 2013 | 0 Comments | Tags: counseling, students, the star

Accused in dock could be notorious serial rapist

A 36-year-old man who has appeared in court is believed to be the serial child rapist wanted since 2007 for a spate of attacks committed over six years in Gauteng and Limpopo.

The Tembisa man's preferred victims were girls between nine and 11, and by the time he was arrested on July 11, 22 girls and a 22-year-old woman had been raped.

The man, who is yet to please to the charges, appeared briefly in the Protea Magistrate's Court in Soweto on Friday. The matter was postponed for further investigation.

Continue reading | 26 August 2013 | 0 Comments | Tags: gender inequality, men, rape, the star