Nelisiwe Msomi

Nelisiwe Msomi is a junior journalist at Bhekisisa. She holds a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Johannesburg.Previously, Msomi was a volunteer member of the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation’s media team and started off her career as an intern at Bhekisisa.She has an interest in how government policies affect the ordinary person walking on Johannesburg’s Nelson Mandela Bridge and hopes to one day find a solution to long 6am clinic queues."I have always seen journalism as a means of making the world a better place. Being part of Bhekisisa allows me to do just that, especially through the practice of solution based journalism. I believe that the work we do as journalist paves the path for better service delivery in our continent," she says.


#LifeEsidimeni: 'The media was out to tarnish the image of the department'

Nelisiwe Msomi

Makgabo Manamela is one of three officials implicated by the health ombud in the tragedy. Here’s a snapshot of her testimony during arbitration.


#LifeEsidimeni: This official may have just thrown Mahlangu under the bus

Suspended head of Gauteng health Barney Selebano's court bid to avoid testifying at the ongoing arbitration could keep him off the stand for months.


When the tiniest hearts break: Behind SA's shortage of paediatric heart surgeons

Nelisiwe Msomi

The country can't produce its own paediatric heart surgeons. But that may be beginning to change, starting in Cape Town.


London school refuses to confirm former health MEC Qedani Mahlangu is a student

Eleven Gauteng health employees were singled out for censure. Now, only two have been suspended and garnered an alleged R1.3-million in wages.


#LifeEsidimeni: Head of NGO tied to 23 deaths was unqualified, unlicensed

Nelisiwe Msomi

Owner of Pretoria organisation Precious Angels breaks down and dodges queries amid questions surrounding deaths.


#LifeEsidimeni: Former Gauteng Health MEC Mahlangu visited deadly Cullinan NGOs

Social worker says mental health patients' lives could have been saved if senior officials visited facilities. Bhekisisa has evidence they did.


Limpopo HIV testing kit shortage may put rape survivors at risk

Nelisiwe Msomi

Health department admits HIV testing kits ran low, but says kits were reshuffled between facilities and provinces to avoid stock-outs.


'I would buy the HIV home test because it's easier than being disrespected by nurses'

Nelisiwe Msomi, Pontsho Pilane

South Africa is one of about three dozen countries that supports HIV self-testing, but will it catch on? Here's what people who live here had to say.


Wonder where SA's medically circumcised men are? Now there's a map for that

Nelisiwe Msomi

When new technology and an old tradition meet, they could help avert more than a million new HIV infections.


Slice of Life: 'She made a joke out of my friend's death'

Nelisiwe Msomi

When Mark died, emergency services left his body on the pavement in central Pretoria for hours.