Articles by Ian Broughton

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Tension in Hillbrow after residents attack drug dealers

Drug dealers and users have moved one block further away from where they were

By Ian Broughton - 15 October 2018
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Homeless poorly treated in Bedfordview

People living on the street say they will resist smear campaigns and persistent attempts to have them removed

By Ian Broughton - 8 October 2018
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Bedfordview beggars face crackdown

Fuelled by rhetoric on crime, attitudes to beggars all over the country are hardening

By Ian Broughton - 25 October 2017
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Western Cape to toughen alcohol controls

It cannot be “business as usual for the liquor industry” says Medical Research Council researcher

By Ian Broughton - 6 September 2017
Durban drug users show support for last year's Support Don't Punish Campaign. Photo: Ian Broughton

New drug plan promises shift in policy

For the first time, the plan includes input from drug users

By Ian Broughton - 29 August 2017
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Harm reduction versus abstinence: experts debate drug laws

SA Drug Policy Week kicks off in Cape Town

By Ian Broughton - 2 August 2017
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Don’t treat drug users as criminals, say health workers

Harm reduction better than a police war on drugs, argues TB/HIV Care Association

By Ian Broughton - 8 February 2017
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Homeless in Durban “dumped” outside the city

Municipality spokesperson says “vagrants” are a “scourge”

By Ian Broughton - 9 December 2016
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Medical lawsuits threaten to derail the health system

South African hospitals need drastic reform to avoid disaster

By Ian Broughton - 8 November 2016
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GroundUp goes shelter-hopping in Durban

Some charge R20 for a night in a filthy building

By Ian Broughton - 4 October 2016

We’re being targeted, say homeless

Homeless people in Observatory, Woodstock and Bellville have complained about a wave of law enforcement operations against them in the last two months.

Ian Broughton - 8 April 2015

Masekane: a crisis in the heart of Woodstock

A hacking cough comes from the motley group of people huddled together in a flimsy shack alongside the railway line near Woodstock’s industrial area. It could be from the smoke from the fire; it could be from the cigarette smoke that fills the shack – or it could be tuberculosis.

Ian Broughton - 10 October 2014

National Health Insurance: struggling to be born

South Africa’s bid to provide universal health care through National Health Insurance (NHI) could fail if government does not learn lessons from other countries, a conference heard last week.

Ian Broughton - 6 October 2014

Healthcare workers worry injecting heroin on increase

Sunday 31 August was International Overdose Awareness Day. Health workers in Cape Town have warned of a possible increase in drug overdoses and the spread of infectious diseases, including HIV, if the use of needles to inject drugs increases.

Ian Broughton - 2 September 2014