Covid-19: Companies sell unnecessary “deep cleans” with exaggerated claims

Regular cleaning with standard household products is sufficient

By Natasha Bolognesi - 6 July 2020
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Quack claims about oxygen treatment are dangerous

Charlatans exploit patients for financial gain, say doctors

By Natasha Bolognesi - 15 March 2019
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H₂O International’s motives not pure

The purifying company’s South African franchise has made unproven claims about municipal water

By Eryn Scannell and GroundUp Staff - 16 May 2018
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How a journalist took an ethical stand and risked her job

Natasha Bolognesi refused to edit a bogus article

By George Claassen - 9 April 2018
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Supreme Court of Appeal gives advertising authority its fangs back

Blow dealt to advertisers of quack medicines

By Safura Abdool Karim - 30 September 2017
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Court strikes blow against quackery

Dr Hugh Brathwaite falsely claimed that his product could prevent HIV transmission

By Safura Abdool Karim - 16 March 2017
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For R5,000, sangoma will pray for an informal miner’s safety

Traditional doctor has struck gold with the fears of miners

By Ray Mwareya and Tichaona Jongwe - 23 February 2017
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Court affirms Medicines Control Council’s powers

Judgment is a victory for the scientific governance of medicine

By Safura Abdool Karim and Nathan Geffen - 12 December 2016
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Advertising watchdog placed under Business Rescue

Lawyers will represent the institution on contingency basis in key upcoming court case

By Ashraf Hendricks - 15 November 2016
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Charges dropped against pastor who burnt sisters

Family of the victims outraged

By Nompendulo Ngubane - 27 October 2016
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Two sisters burnt in church ceremony

Pastor promised magic remedy would heal them

By Nompendulo Ngubane - 18 October 2016
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Complementary medicine companies are destroying consumer protection

Series of court actions aimed at Advertising Standards Authority

By Harris Steinman and Nathan Geffen - 30 May 2016
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Medical experts question mayor giving platform to Patrick Holford

“Don’t follow Mbeki’s footsteps” says academic to Patricia de Lille

By Naib Mian - 10 May 2016

Company’s HIV treatment claim condemned

Clinicians and AIDS workers have condemned Imuniti Holdings for claims it is making about its nutritional supplements. Henry Stassen, from Edge to Edge Investments, which distributes for Imuniti, says the company manufactures a nutritional pack that eradicates HIV.

Mary-Jane Matsolo - 19 April 2012