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. Get Health-e News updates straight to your inbox weekly by subscribing to our free newsletter.
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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.
Cecilia Serenata (Chairperson) – Head of Treatment Access & Optimisation, Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute
Dinesh Balliah – Lecturer, Journalism and Media Studies Department at Wits University
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 based in Johannesburg as well as a national network of citizen journalists strategically placed in the country’s National Health Insurance (NHI) pilot districts. 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.
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.
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 the 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.
You can reach Masutune at [email protected]. Follow her on Twitter at @mmodjadji.
Charity Ndhlovu, Human Resource and Finance Officer
Charity Ndhlovu is Health-e’s HR and Finance Officer. She was previously the organisation’s Office Manager. She also worked for Perinatal HIV Research Unit (PHRU), as a VCT counsellor (voluntary HIV counselling and testing) for Project Accept from 2005 to 2007 and an administrator/monitoring and evaluation assistant from 2008 to 2009. Prior to joining Health-e, she worked for Anova Health Institute as a project administrator/HR assistant for the Tirisanong Programme for seven years.
Charity has a diploma in Office Administration and is currently studying for a degree in Office Management and Technology through UNISA. In her spare time, she likes reading books.
You can reach Charity at [email protected] or on 0118800995. Follow her on twitter at @NdhlovuCharity
Pontsho Pilane, Acting News Editor
Pontsho Pilane is Health-e’s Acting News Editor. 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. In April 2019, Financial Minister Tito Mboweni announced that sanitary pads will be zero-rated. She continues to advocate for menstrual health issues through her work as a journalist and activist. She holds a Masters degree in Journalism and Media Studies from University of Witwatersrand.
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”.
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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.”
Luntu Ndzandze, TV Unit Intern
Luntu Ndzandze is a Health-e TV Unit intern who recently graduated with a Diploma In Media Practices, specialising in television production from Boston Media House. He has always had a knack for telling stories that society needs to see. He enjoys watching controversial and investigative documentaries, and movies. He spent most of his student life freelancing (shooting and editing) for small agencies and brands to enhance their social media pages.
Luntu was part of one of the teams that entered the 48-Hour Film Festival, where creatives made a short feature film in just two days. Their film, called (G)love Lost, aired at Ster-Kenikor cinemas in Mall of Africa.
Thabo Molelekwa, Reporter
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 is interested in reporting on nutrition, HIV, environmental health and the quality of care within the public sector.
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