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- Immune Disorders · HIV/AIDS · Health Conditions · Hillbrow, Gauteng · Africa · New York City

FROM THE SUN­DAY TIMES 50 YEARS AGO

Hill­brow is on the eve of an­other big build­ing boom. Within a few months, a R100-mil­lion build­ing project will be­gin to trans­form this Jo­han­nes­burg sub­urb. Dr GF Ja­cobs, MP for Hill­brow, told me this week that some of the big­gest build­ing com­pa­nies in South­ern Africa had de­cided to sink mil­lions in de­vel­op­ing it into a “minia­ture New York”. The area has been dubbed a “den of in­iq­uity”, but Dr Ja­cobs re­cently toured the sub­urbs with po­lice of­fi­cers, vis­it­ing “gam­bling es­tab­lish­ments”, “hip­pie joints”, cof­fee bars and places of so-called vice, and told me: “Hill­brow is in essence a re­spectable area. Many prom­i­nent cit­i­zens live here in lux­ury flats.” — Septem­ber 29 1968

FROM THE SUN­DAY TIMES 25 YEARS AGO

Fol­low­ing a wa­ter­shed judg­ment by the Ap­pel­late Di­vi­sion this week, the South African Med­i­cal and Den­tal Coun­cil will in­ves­ti­gate dis­ci­plinary ac­tion against a doc­tor who told two golf­ing friends about a pa­tient with AIDS. The ap­peal court ruled that Brak­pan GP Dr Matthys Kruger had wrongly breached doc­tor-pa­tient con­fi­den­tial­ity. Af­ter promis­ing Barry McGeary that he would treat his HIV sta­tus in con­fi­dence, Dr Kruger in­formed a doc­tor and a den­tist of his pa­tient’s con­di­tion dur­ing a game of golf. Lawyers for Mr McGeary, who died be­fore the case was fi­nalised, claimed dam­ages, say­ing word spread through Brak­pan and the re­sult­ing stress has­tened Mr McGeary’s death. — Oc­to­ber 3 1993

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