A key reason why health procurement, like all public contracting, is vulnerable to corruption and mismanagement is that it is often hidden from regular scrutiny. A recent report by Transparency International’s Open Contracting for Health project (OC4H) suggests ways to tighten the screws on corruption in health procurement. It is...

PM steals the show, again

On December 10 2013, South Africa’s then President Jacob Zuma appointed an unknown and pliable backbencher Des van Rooyen as finance minister. However, following an unprecedented outcry, Zuma removed Van Rooyen on December 13, replacing him with Pravin Gordhan. Van Rooyen was subsequently mocked on social media as ‘Weekend...
COVAX last week notified countries in Africa of the estimated dose allocation for the first phase of COVID-19 vaccine delivery. The global initiative led by the World Health Organization (WHO), Gavi the Vaccine Alliance and The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) aims to start shipping nearly 90 million...
By Kefiloe Kajane The Junior Certificate (JC) and Lesotho General Certificate of Secondary Education (LGCSE) end of year external examinations will start on February 22 and end on March 31, according to revised timetables released this week. LGCSE students will start with Geography Paper 2 while JC students will start with...
Natural disasters seem to happen frequently. The environment is changing which is resulting in more frequent weather-related natural disasters. When these things occur, entire villages, cities or geographical regions can be affected. Entire populations of dozens, hundreds, or thousands, of people will require shelter. It is the following days, weeks,...