Dagga may now be legal at home, but workplace policies are yet to catch up

Dagga may now be legal at home, but workplace policies are yet to catch up

It’s no longer illegal for South African adults to use cannabis in their private time, but workplace policies have not kept up. Drug testing in the workplace remains a contentious issue. Companies need comprehensive drug policies based on sound legal and ethical principles, writes Jamaine Krige.

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Double burden: Covid-19 has made the load women carry even heavier than before

Double burden: Covid-19 has made the load women carry even heavier than before

Even before the pandemic, women carried an unequal burden of social, cultural and economic ills. The Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated this, with the effects of lockdown disproportionately affecting women, write Charlotte Motsoari and Amina Mwaikambo at the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation.

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‘I used food as a reward but I’ve used it to punish myself too’ – How trauma leads to obesity

‘I used food as a reward but I’ve used it to punish myself too’ – How trauma leads to obesity

Studies link obesity and binge eating to adverse life events or trauma, and experts agree that the underlying causes of obesity must be addressed in order to promote health and wellbeing, especially amid a global pandemic, writes Jamaine Krige.

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Forced to marry her sister’s husband – A KwaZulu-Natal woman shares her story of abuse and escape

Forced to marry her sister’s husband – A KwaZulu-Natal woman shares her story of abuse and escape

Each day, women and girls around the world are trapped in abusive marriages that are sanctioned by patriarchal communities. This is the anonymous story of a young woman in KwaZulu-Natal, trapped in a forced marriage by her own family and how she escaped sexual, physical, financial and emotional abuse, as told to Health-e News reporter Nomfundo Ntshangase.

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It is time to stop normalising Gender-Based Violence

It is time to stop normalising Gender-Based Violence

Every year, South Africans read dozens of terrible stories on gender-based vio-lence, which normalizes this scourge. It’s time to stop being numb to this national pain, writes community worker Tsamme Mmammone Mfundisi.

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Coronavirus: African perspectives and scientific leadership should be prioritised in vaccine trials

Coronavirus: African perspectives and scientific leadership should be prioritised in vaccine trials

The news that the University of Oxford has developed a coronavirus vaccine that appears safe and has triggered an immune response, is an encouraging step toward returning to normality. It also provides the opportunity to join forces to tackle the pandemic and highlight Africa’s scientific leadership writes Professor Kelly Chibale.

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