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Family Digest 21: TB – a major public health issue, but preventable and curable

78 000 people in South Africa died of tuberculosis (TB) in 2017, and while this is fewer than estimated for the previous year, TB treatment coverage remains low at 68 percent, meaning that up to one third of all people living with TB are being missed. The disease is particularly prevalent in the Western Cape, the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, and in general it remains at crisis point in South Africa.

Family Digest 18

While the civil claim against the Department of Basic Education (DBE) in the matter of the death by drowning of little Michael Bopape in a pit latrine at a school in Limpopo was awaiting judgement, came the appalling news of yet another death of a small child, Lumka Mketwa, in a pit latrine at a school in the Bizana district of the Eastern Cape.