Committing to Being Present, Not Just Being Busy

September 10th, 2018|0 Comments

James Burger

How many times have you recently responded to the question “how are you?” with “busy”? I catch myself doing various permutations of the above,

Busy, but good

Good, plodding along

Head’s still above the water

We seem to […]

Medical Studies: a critique of blind faith

June 15th, 2017|0 Comments

Dr. AP Swart, EC Medical Officer
New Somerset Hospital
Cape Town

How many times have we been told to rather do A instead of B because of some study or other? Just the other day I attended ACLS and […]

Lying with Statistics: The easiest way to get research published & why we shouldn’t use it

June 15th, 2017|0 Comments

Dr James Burger

Despite a large amount of uncertainty in medicine, coming to the correct decision about a patient is imperative, both in order to help that person, as well as avoid the soul-destroying consequences of […]

Mental Health: still just another diagnosis?

April 19th, 2017|0 Comments

About the author:
Kate Sherry holds a PhD from UCT School of Public Health, an MSc in International Primary Health Care from University College London and a BSc in Occupational Therapy from UCT. She volunteers for […]

The Vaccination Scandal

March 12th, 2017|0 Comments

Dr James Burger

Vaccinating has been a controversial topic that causes tension between doctors and those who follow more alternative medicine (with alternative facts). While I know that there is room by big pharma to manipulate results of […]

Commuted Overtime Survey – Summary

January 25th, 2017|0 Comments

The doctors involved in Thumela wanted to find out what our colleagues’ opinions are regarding the proposed new Commuted Overtime policy in order to assist with providing a united and informed response. One of our directors was going […]

A response to Minister Motsoaledi’s briefing on the shortage of healthcare posts

January 20th, 2017|0 Comments

Dr Justin D D de Freitas

This opinion piece was originally posted by Dr De Freitas on myNews24 on 20/01/2017, reproduced with his permission on Thumela.

I would like to begin by saying I have a tremendous […]

Did that really happen for a reason?

December 8th, 2016|0 Comments

James Burger

I was being retro and listening to the radio earlier on the drive home from a surprisingly-efficient HPCSA visit. A young girl was busy telling the story of her rape when she mentioned that […]

So, you want to go Rural?

November 26th, 2016|0 Comments

Ali Broadhurst – Doctor at Canzibe Hospital in the Transkei.

So, you want to do a rural com serve? Dreams of nature and beauty, dreams of plucky altruism at the coalface of an embattled community and […]

PE, I’ll miss you – Memoirs of a PE convert

November 22nd, 2016|0 Comments

James Burger


This week, I was struck with the realisation that in just a number of days we will be having our End of Year Ball. It hit me rather hard, signifying the end of my […]