The need for sanitary pads makes young women vulnerable to a number of social ills, from missing school to exploitative relationships. Covering stories like this inspired a a Tzaneen journalist to become a community activist.
This Limpopo clinic has closed some of its wards as the building falls apart. Residents say the clinic is a health hazard to patients and staff. They accuse the provincial department of health of dragging its feet.
“We started in May, and so far, we have prepared at least forty kotas a month, worth R12 each. We are hoping for the numbers to increase as we continue with the program,” says Themba Mathe, shop owner in Khujwana village, Limpopo.
Topanama village, in Limpopo’s Mopani District, has been without water for the past seven months. Residents, at their wits end, have started drinking water from a local canal, and community leaders fear a diarrhoea outbreak on top of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Water shortages have rendered residents of Nabane village vulnerable to the spread of Covid-19, due to not being able to comply with Covid-19 protection measures, such as regular hand washing.