UNDP Report shows that South Africans are enjoying a longer and healthier life

Johannesburg, Tuesday 18 September 2018 -  Brand South Africa welcomes South Africa’s improvement in the 2018 United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Human Development Report...

Cape Town comes out tops as the fittest city

An active nation is a healthy nation! Findings from the Discovery Health’s latest Fittest City Index have indicated the fitness habits of South Africans...

South Africa makes history with HIV vaccine trial

South Africa is taking part in an experimental vaccine programme to curb HIV. Just over 5 000 volunteers, from 15 cities across five provinces,...

The eradication of Guinea worm in Africa

Since 1986 former American president Jimmy Carter has worked to eradicate Dracunculiasis – the extremely painful and debilitating Guinea worm disease – from the...

Senegalese humanitarian appointed Fifa’s first female secretary-general (2)

Fifa’s new secretary-general is an African, and just as extraordinary, a woman. Senegal’s Fatma Samba Diouf Samoura’s appointment is being greeted with optimism in the football world with Fifa’s president Gianni Infantino believing she is the best person to help him rebuild the organisation.

The SABR provides breast milk to babies in need

Human milk banking, like wet nursing, has been around for years. But in modern times with the rise of HIV, precautions are necessary. The South African Breastmilk Reserve allows babies to be fed with breast milk when their mothers are unable to do so. It helps to reduce the risk of mother-to-child HIV transmission, and other infections in premature babies.

South Africa helps to beat Ebola

A team of South African health care professionals is to leave for Sierra Leone, where a South African mobile laboratory already offers Ebola testing facilities. The team leaves as the World Health Organization says trials of two vaccines are to start on healthy human volunteers soon.

Ebola survivors share life-saving tips via mobile app

"Yes, I survived Ebola," a Guinean woman said in the first message sent through an interactive application that is being used to deliver public health information about Ebola to affected populations, helping to reduce the stigma faced by survivors in West Africa.

The Dusi Canoe Marathon: testing athletes’ mettle for 62 years

With canoe-cracking rocks, steaming rapids, broiling heat and arduous terrain, the Dusi Canoe Marathon makes for a race that truly tests mental and physical strength. The 62-year-old competition still attracts serious endurance athletes and old warriors.

Freedom Challenge tests athletes’ limits

While most people are tucked up warmly indoors during winter, a group of dedicated extreme athletes is out riding the Freedom Challenge. The mountain bike race takes riders more than 2 000 kilometres across some of South Africa's harshest but most beautiful scenery.