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Teachers are inadequately trained to adapt curricula and teaching methods to include pupils with learning difficulties and disabilities. shutterstock

What South Africa needs to do to improve education for disabled children

South Africa’s inclusive education policy currently under review must address the hindrances preventing children with disabilities from effectively access education in mainstream schools.
Four things that count when it comes to employability: the reputation of the university, networks/ connections, experience, and type of work. shutterstock

Four things that count when a South African graduate looks for work

Universities shouldn’t only attend to the knowledge and skills graduates need for work but also the factors that give graduates a better chance of earning a living and participating in society.
From the outset, communities were concerned about the impact of SARS-CoV-2 on children. Roger Sedres/Gallo Images via Getty Images

COVID-19 in children: the South African experience and way forward

Schools are not driving the COVID-19 pandemic and can safely remain open provided people stick to the non-pharmaceutical interventions for COVID-19 prevention.
Many doctors and healthcare staff feel the need to practice in richer countries that offer a more stable politics, better education and opportunities for their families. Julien Harneis

Brain drain is a hidden tax on the countries left behind

India, Nigeria, Pakistan and South Africa lose thousands of trained doctors each year, lured away to work in richer countries – at great cost to their nation’s healthcare systems.
Protestors burnt trucks on the main road between the city port Durban in KwaZulu-Natal and South Africa’s industrial heartland. Photo by Darren Stewart/Gallo Images via Getty Images

The vulnerable points in South Africa’s fuel supply chain

The glaring failure by authorities to secure an area notorious for attacks on trucks prompts questions about, at best, utter ineptitude, or at worst, complicity.
Castor oil plant is popular in rural South Africa for its medicinal qualities. Creative Touch Imaging Ltd./NurPhoto via Getty Images

South Africa is rich in plants used for skincare: rural women helped us document some

Traditional herbal medicines and cosmetics remain popular in South Africa especially in rural areas where they are part of people’s culture.
Wearing masks, handwashing and sanitising were adopted quite quickly by South Africans. Xabiso Mkhabela/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Spike in COVID-19 cases points to gaps in South Africa’s response

The first step of any public health response must be prevention. Preventing new infections and containing the pandemic protects health systems from getting close to collapse.

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