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About Health-e News

Started in 1998, Health-e News is South Africa’s award-winning television and print health news service producing news and in-depth analysis for national media. In 2012, Health-e News opened a nationwide citizen journalism arm called “OurHealth.”

Syndicated nationally via clients such as the Daily Maverick, SABC, eTV and the Independent Newspapers, Health-e News brings the latest in health news articles, videos and TV documentaries to hundreds of thousands of South Africans each month. Get Health-e News updates straight to your inbox weekly by subscribing to our free newsletter.

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For 15 years, Health-e has been committed to health journalism with a human face, and we tell stories via television, print and our website. We tell stories from the clinic queues to the Minister’s office, and our main aim is to help all people living in South Africa to become healthier.

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Our Partners

The Atlantic Philanthropies

The work of Health-e News is supported by a generous grant from the Atlantic Philanthropies. The purpose of the Atlantic Philanthropies is “to bring about lasting changes in the lives of disadvantaged and vulnerable people”. It concentrates on grant investments in four programme fields, namely ageing, disadvantaged children and youth, health of populations in developing countries and reconciliation and human rights.

For more information about The Atlantic Philanthropies, see: www.atlanticphilanthropies.org

The Open Society Foundation

open_socThe OSF-SA is committed to promoting the values, institutions and practices of an open, non-racial and non-sexist, democratic, civil society. It works for a vigorous and autonomous civil society in which the rule of law and divergent opinions are respected. The Open Society in South Africa is a grant-making organisation, and is a member of the International Soros Foundations Network.
For more information about The Open Socitety Foundation, see: http://www.osf.org.za

Johns Hopkins SA (JHHESA)

johnhopJohns Hopkins Health and Education in South Africa (JHHESA) is a non profit organisation that aims to improve the health and well-being of all South Africans.In achieving its broader objective, JHHESA uses a strategic evidence based communication approach which includes dynamic mass media and interpersonal communication initiatives. JHHESA is affiliated to the internationally acclaimed Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Centre for Communication Programs, based in Baltimore (U.S.A), which is a globally respected public health communication organisation.
For more information about JHHESA, see: http://jhhesa.org/

Our Board

Prudence Ditlopo – Researcher, Centre for Health Policy, Wits School of Public Health

Jo-Anne Collinge – Senior Consultant, Meropa Communications

Melanie Chait – CEO, Big Fish School of Digital Filmaking

Portia Kobue – Executive Producer, Morning Live, SABC

Jonathan Berger – Pupil Member at the Johannesburg Bar & Honorary Research Fellow, School of Law, WITS

Michael Siluma – Media Consultant

Dr Daniel Nhemachena – Clinic Manager: Harriet Shezi Children’s Clinic and Hillbrow Community Health Centre

The Team

The Health-e News team consists of expert health journalists based in Cape Town and Johannesburg as well as a national network of about 20 citizen journalists. Meet our team.

Kerry Cullinan, Managing Editor


  • Board member, Media Development and Diversity Agency 2003-2008
  • Bessie Head Fellow 2005/5
  • Vodacom Journalist of the Year: Best Print Feature winner (KwaZulu-Natal): 2006 and 2007
  • US/SA Health Reporting Awards: Best overall health report 2003/4; Best health report in commercial magazine 2003/4;
  • Best Internet report 2002/3; Best report in publication with a readership over 50 000.
  • Associate editor, Siyaya magazine, Idasa (1995 – 1999). Worked for Independent Group’s Parliamentary Bureau, The Star, Work in Progress, New Nation and City Press.
  • Tel: 021 683 8099
  • kerry@health-e.org.za


Fathima Simjee, TV Producer

Award winner - Fathima SimjeeAfter graduating from Rhodes University with a Bachelor of Journalism degree specialising in television production, Fathima began her career at Health-e News as an intern in 2010. Now the head of Health-e’s television production unit, she has produced award-winning short and long form documentaries about health care in South Africa, looking at topics including HIV, mental health and lifestyle diseases. Awards for her work include Vodacom Journalist of the Year and Discovery Young Health Journalist of the Year.

In 2014, she was awarded a Wellcome Trust fellowship to pursue a Masters in Science Journalism at City University London. Her personal interest lies in covering issues around maternal and child health in South Africa.

You can reach Fathima at fathima@health-e.org.za or on 011.880.0995 ext 112. Follow her on Twitter at @FatzSimjee

Kyla Herrmannsen, TV Journalist

Kyla Herrmannsen is a television journalist and documentary producer for Health-e News Service. Filming and editing her own inserts, Kyla has created television content for YoTV, Cutting Edge, Morning Live and co-produced our weekly health news bulletin show Health Matters for the pop-up DSTV Channel, the Good Life Network.

Previously, Kyla spent a year at the Wits Justice Project as a reporter, penning investigative and feature stories on South Africa’s criminal justice system for the Mail and Guardian, The Star, The Daily Maverick and SABC online. Kyla has won an MTN South African Radio Award for best documentary and the Siemens Africa Profile Awards for Excellence in Science and Technology Journalism in the student category. She has been a finalist in Brandhouse Responsible Drinking Awards as well as the Discovery Health Journalism Awards. She also contributed as a videographer to a documentary short that won the prestigious United Nation’s Forum on Forests short film award. Kyla graduated from Rhodes University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Journalism, specialising in Television Production. Her interests include stories around equitable access to health care, adolescent health and drug policy.

You can reach Kyla at kyla@health-e.org.za or on 011.880.0995 ext 107. Follow her on Twitter at @KylaHerrmannsen 

 Thabo Molelekwa, Intern Reporter

James Thabo Molelekwa head shot

After graduating from the Tshwane University of Technology with a diploma in computer systems, Thabo joined Discovery Health as a claims assessor. In 2013, Thabo became a Treatment Action Campaign member through his local branch in Vosloorus east of Johannesburg before joining Health-e News as a citizen journalist. In 2015, Thabo became an intern reporter with Health-e News, writing stories and helping to coordinate the OurHealth citizen journalism project.

The following year, Thabo was named an International HIV Prevention Reporting Fellow with the International Centre for Journalists and a finalist in the Discovery Health Journalism Awards competition. Thabo has interests in HIV and related illnesses, environmental health and reporting on the quality of care within the public sector.

You can reach Thabo at thabo@health-e.org.za or on 011.880.0995 ext 202. Follow him on Twitter at @molelekwa98

Thembi Tshabalala, Office Manager

Thembi TshabalalaThembi is a multi-skilled office manager with more than 15 years of progressive experience in operations, human resources and grants administration. She has honed her skill-set through her involvement in community development work.

Previously, Thembi has occupied senior positions at South African NGO Coalition, African Men for Sexual Health and Rights (AMSHeR), the University of the Witwatersrand, The Ford Foundation, the South African Council for the Aged and the National Council of Trade Unions. She was also a member of the Presidential Women’s Group during President Thabo Mbeki’s tenure. She holds a diploma in personal computing through Damelin, and Human Resource Management and Management Advance Programme (MAP) certificates through the University of the Witwatersrand Business School.

You can reach Thembi at info@health-e.org.za or on 011.880.0995.


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