Two civil society organisations have called on finance minister Tito Mboweni and new health minister Zweli Mkhize to increase public sector funding for health, arguing that the government’s goal of achieving “a long and healthy life for all” cannot be met with the available resources.

In an open letter to the ministers released on Tuesday, the Institute for Economic Justice (IEJ) and Section 27 said the implementation of austerity budgets in the previous administration severely undermined the public health system and the viability of National Health Insurance (NHI)...

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