LIMPOPO – To curb the spread of sexual infections and the high rate of teen pregnancies in rural villages in Vhembe district, 23-year-old student Avhasei Raphalalani is teaching young people about sex and hygiene.
After turning down placements at rural hospitals, hundreds of newly qualified doctors remain unemployed while the country’s rural state hospitals remain desperately understaffed because of a complex – yet fixable – situation. Health-e News’ Amy Green investigates whether these health professionals are being ‘picky’ and what possible solutions there are to this senseless situation.
LIMPOPO – As results of a huge number of participants and attendance drawn by a beauty contest staged to empower and uplift rural women living with various disabilities, the organisers have promised to make the contest an annual event.
After two decades, clean water will once again flow when Mgobodzi residents open their taps. Those residents in the village in the Nkomazi local municipality in Mpumalanga, who could afford to pay R15 for 25 litres of water had no choice but to share streams with animals.
The young people of Kwa Nkcele in Lusikisiki say they are tired of receiving certificates that are not worth the paper they’re written on. They say the skills the Eastern Cape Department of Social Development offer have no value because they don’t lead to jobs.
LIMPOPO – After realising that most disabled women in rural areas have extremely limited opportunities, a company known as Unique Me – which strives to empower disabled people – hosted a beauty contest for disabled women.
Northern Cape – Difficult working conditions, poor community support, responsibilities far beyond their job descriptions – these are among the many issues driving teachers away from their jobs, particularly in rural areas.