Health-e News is South Africa’s award-winning television and print health news service that has been producing news and in-depth analysis for national media since 1999. Health-e News has television, online and print clients and has a nationwide network of citizen journalists called OurHealth who are based in rural villages and small towns throughout the country.
Syndicated nationally via clients such as Health24, 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.
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For 18 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.
Social justice journalism
Read independent researcher Barbara Klugman’s assessment of Health-e News Service as a social justice media success story.
Our Donor Partners
The work of Health-e News is supported by the following donors:
The Global Health Advocacy Incubator at the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids draws on lessons learned from tobacco control advocacy campaigns in more than 50 countries to provide training and assistance to other public health advocacy initiatives. The Advocacy Incubator supports civil society organizations in advocating for evidence-based policies to improve public health and decrease death and disease. This mission is accomplished by providing training and technical assistance for existing organizations working on public health policy, identifying new partners where needed, and assisting in the development and implementation of strategic advocacy campaigns to promote the adoption and implementation of public health policies.
The 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.
The Indigo Trust is a UK-based grant making foundation that works to create a world of active, informed citizens and responsive, accountable governments that together drive positive change in society. It is part of the Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts (SFCT). It provides small and high-risk grants to early-stage projects or organisations in Sub-Saharan Africa aimed at stimulating innovative approaches to transparency, accountability and citizen empowerment work.
The core of DGMT’s work is human development, aimed at making a systemic difference within certain chosen focus areas. Our new five-year strategy, which will be guiding our work from 2017-2021, illustrates that DGMT is a public innovator through strategic investment, committed to developing South Africa’s potential.
Cecilia Serenata (Chairperson) – Technical Head, Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute
Dinesh Balliah – Lecturer, Wits University Journalism and Media Studies Department
Dr Melanie Chait – CEO, Big Fish School of Digital Film-making
Jillian Green – Managing Editor, Daily Maverick
Portia Kobue – News Editor, Kaya FM
Sasha Stevenson – Head Of Health, SECTION27
The Health-e News team consists of expert health journalists and a national network of citizen journalists. Meet our team.
Sibongile Nkosi, Chief Executive Officer
Sibongile Nkosi is the Chief Executive Officer, she has vast experience working in health-focused civil society and media organisations.
She was previously the Executive Director for the Healthy Living Alliance (HEALA), a coalition of non-governmental organisations with a mission to improve the health of South Africans by addressing rising obesity rates and related non-communicable diseases.
She also managed the OurHealth citizen journalism project. Under her leadership, the project grew from just a handful of community journalists to more than three dozen who eventually were featured on News24, Health24 and Independent Newspapers.
She holds a Master’s Degree in Globalisation, Business and Development from the Institute of Development Studies. Sibongile is interested in exploring public health systems that are effective for developing countries.
Zaid Israel, Manager of Operations
Zaid has 20 years’ experience in the development and NPO sector, including 16 years as the Director of Finance and Human Resources at the Open Society Foundation’s South African office. He has held positions at both a senior and executive management level within various organisations.
He also consulted and trained organisations within the civil society sector on best practices and financial management. After spending a year in the corporate field, he returned to his passion – civil society – in 2015 and has consulted and volunteered his time to a diverse range of NPOs to strengthen their systems and assist with fundraising.
You can reach Zaid at email@example.com.
Kerry Cullinan, Consultant
Kerry Cullinan is an award-winning journalist, who was the Managing Editor of Health-e from 2005 to 2019. She has worked on a number of high-profile health stories, and was the first journalist in South Africa to report on the existence of extensively drug resistant (XDR) tuberculosis.
Kerry has also written three books, including a book for UNAIDS, about South Africa’s successful campaign against HIV, post-denialism. She co-edited “The Virus, Vitamins and Vegetables: the South African HIV/ AIDS mystery”, about the AIDS denial period.
Prior to Health-e, Kerry worked as a political reporter and labour reporter for various newspapers including City Press and New Nation.Kerry has a Masters of Arts degree in media, communication and culture from the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
She has a particular interest in the role that media can play in building a more socially just country, and in the training and development of young South Africans.
Bern Maguire, TV Producer
Bern Maguire heads our TV unit. She is a Rhodes University journalism graduate with a keen interest in environmental, consumer and investigative stories. She has covered stories around the continent and thrives on danger.
After working on “The Felicia Show” and Isabel Jones’ Fair Deal show, Bern worked for Carte Blanche for 15 years. She has also worked for several international news agencies including PBS, Sky, CNN, ITN, Al Jazeera and CBC.
Bern is a recipient of the coveted Press Club Journalist of the Year Award, the SAPOA Journalist of the Year award, The Sanlam Financial Journalist of the Year award and the international Genesis award. Her documentary, “Saving Africa’s Giants”, was nominated for an Emmy.
Pontsho Pilane, Senior Writer
Pontsho Pilane is a senior writer for Health-e News. She has won multiple awards including the 2018 Discovery Health Journalist of the Year award. Pontsho is interested in exploring how gender, race and class intersect with healthcare.
In 2015, she put forward a policy proposal to the Parliament of South Africa for the provision of free sanitary pads to disadvantaged people who menstruate.
She presented it in Parliament in November 2016 and continues to advocate for menstrual health issues through her work as a journalist and activist. She holds holds a Masters degree in Journalism and Media Studies from University of Witwatersrand.
Amy Green, Senior Writer
Amy Green is an award-winning health, print and online reporter who has worked for Health-e News since July 2016.
She obtained an honours degree in health journalism from Rhodes University in 2011. Amy was selected for the 2013 International Women’s Media Foundation’s HIV/AIDS Investigative Reporting Fellowship.
An affinity for writing as well as a compulsion to shape the discussion on health issues in a more creative and critical way inspired her entry into the profession.
Prior to joining the Health-e, she was a founding member of the Mail & Guardian’s Health Journalism Centre, Bhekisisa, where she worked for almost four years.
Amy has published an ebook on Mampoer Shorts after investigating the abuse of the attention deficit disorder drug, Ritalin, among university students. She has a special interest in reporting on HIV, tuberculosis and harm reduction.
Masutane Modjadji, OurHealth Project Manager
Masutane Modjadji is the OurHealth Project Manager responsible for Health-e News’ team of citizen journalists.
Before joining Health-e News she worked as an editorial and marketing assistant at Africa Check.
After completing her undergraduate journalism studies at Cape Peninsula University of Technology she went on to pursue post-graduate studies at University of Witwatersrand. She is currently doing her Masters in Journalism at the University of Johannesburg.
Masutane has worked as a journalist at the SABC, Phalaborwa Community Radio and ANN7 TV, and as a media relations officer at CASAC. In her spare time Masutane loves blogging and writing poetry.
Lee Saunders: Television editor and camera operator
Lee is Health-e’s TV editor and camera operator, which is a very useful combination of skills for our small team. He enjoys using motion graphics, fast pace editing and telling a great story expressed in a visual manner.He has five years’ experience in the media industry, and has worked for Blink Pictures, Joburg Today and CGTN.He enjoys “confrontational environments, uncovering the truth and making things look pretty”.
You can reach Lee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Charity Ndhlovu, Office Manager
She worked for Perinatal HIV Research Unit (PHRU) from 2005 to 2007 as a HIV counsellor. She was promoted to Administration, Monitoring and Evaluation Assistant from 2008 to 2009. Prior to joining Health-e, she worked for Anova Health Institute as a Project Administrator and HR assistant for the Tirisanong Programme for seven years.
Charity has a diploma in Office Administration and is currently studying for a B Comm Degree in Human Resource Management through UNISA. In her spare time she likes reading books and travelling.
You can reach Charity at email@example.com.
Hannah Chibayambuya, TV Unit Intern
Hannah Chibayambuya is a Health-e Unit TV intern who recently graduated with a Bachelors of Journalism degree from Rhodes University. She is interested in producing impactful stories as well as investigative journalism. She has worked with the likes of Business day and The Star newspaper.
She is passionate, enthusiastic and believes in “learning as much as you can while you can.”
Ndivhuwo Mukwevho, Intern Journalist
Ndivhuwo Mukwevho is Health-e’s intern journalist based in the Vhembe district in Limpopo province. He has an interest in investigative journalism and reporting the untold stories of disadvantaged rural communities.
After graduating from the University of Venda with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Media Studies, Ndivhuwo joined The Sowetan as a freelance journalist. He later worked as a journalist for Capricorn Voice and Ngoho News.
In 2015 Ndivhuwo joined Health-e News as a freelance journalist. Prior to that he worked at the University of Venda in the Department of Communications and Marketing as an intern photojournalist. In his free time Ndivhuwo enjoys reading novels and short stories.
Cynthia Carol Maseko, Intern Journalist
Cynthia Carol Maseko has always been passionate about women’s health issues. After passing matric she joined her local Treatment Action Campaign branch as a volunteer, hoping to help educate young people about HIV and influencing positive behaviour change, with a special focus on young girls.
In 2006 she became a community media treatment literacy practitioner (MTLP) and started writing stories for the TAC’s monthly newsletter, Equal Treatment.
In April 2007 Cynthia joined the Planned Parent Hood Association of South Africa (PPASA) as a girl child mentor on the “Mayihlasele Izazi” programme through which she was able to mentor young girls and help them make informed choices about their sexual life and delaying their first sexual encounter. During that time she worked mainly with girls from farming communities in Mpumalanga.
Cynthia has also worked for the Community Media Trust (CMT) in KwaZulu Natal as a district PMTCT coordinator working with community based organization on Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV (PMTCT. She was also involved with the Marie Stopes Clinic’s project Blue Star which educated young women on the dangers of back street abortions and promoted safe abortions and HIV education.
Cynthia joined Health-e News in May 2013 as a citizen journalist writing community-based stories on health issues affecting the day to day life of ordinary individuals in KwaZulu Natal. In 2016 she won Health-e’s Citizen Journalist of the Year award before joining fulltime as an intern. Cynthia is studying Business Management at IQ Academy.