New advertising authority takes firm stand against quackery

Board says it will rule even on advertising claims by companies that are not members


11 December 2020

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

Regular cleaning with standard household products is sufficient


6 July 2020

Quack claims about oxygen treatment are dangerous

Charlatans exploit patients for financial gain, say doctors


15 March 2019

H₂O International’s motives not pure

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

By and

16 May 2018

How a journalist took an ethical stand and risked her job

Natasha Bolognesi refused to edit a bogus article


9 April 2018

Supreme Court of Appeal gives advertising authority its fangs back

Blow dealt to advertisers of quack medicines


30 September 2017

Court strikes blow against quackery

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


16 March 2017

For R5,000, sangoma will pray for an informal miner’s safety

Traditional doctor has struck gold with the fears of miners

By and

23 February 2017

Court affirms Medicines Control Council’s powers

Judgment is a victory for the scientific governance of medicine

By and

12 December 2016

Advertising watchdog placed under Business Rescue

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


15 November 2016

Charges dropped against pastor who burnt sisters

Family of the victims outraged


27 October 2016

Two sisters burnt in church ceremony

Pastor promised magic remedy would heal them


18 October 2016

Complementary medicine companies are destroying consumer protection

Series of court actions aimed at Advertising Standards Authority

By and

30 May 2016

Medical experts question mayor giving platform to Patrick Holford

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


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