Manie Pretorius used to be a sports enthusiast who weighed just 70 kilograms. Just a few years later, Pretorius weighed almost 200 kilograms and was diagnosed with Diabetes. He was surviving day to day life on multiple pain killers because his knees and back could not sustain the vast amount of weight he had put on. Desperate, he underwent a gastric bypass operation – where parts of his stomach were stapled, shrinking it in size. Now healthier, Pretorius says there are no magic quick-fixes. Losing weight and keeping the weight off is hard work, but he’s now committed to staying slim, for the sake of his health.
Hloni was diagnosed with bone cancer at a young age resulting in the loss of his leg. He tells the story of how blade prosthesis has given him hope.
ABSA has forcefully removed residents from their living areas, and dumped them in squatter camps to fend for themselves. Full video airs on checkpoint.
A woman who works in the laundry section of Charlotte Maxeke Hospital in Johannesburg says she frequently deals with an array of horror finds among the linen.