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Celebrating 10 years of Bhekisisa

The Bhekisisa Centre for Health Journalism started off as a tiny health desk of three at the Mail & Guardian in 2013. A decade later, we are an independent media organisation with 20 full and part-time staff syndicating our stories to five mainstream online publications plus a master broadcaster.

  • We celebrated our 10th anniversary at the 54 on Bath Hotel with health and media professionals along with government and policymakers.
  • Our board chair, Nic Dawes, executive director at The City, took stock of the past 10 years.
  • Keynote speaker Yogan Pillay, director for HIV and TB Delivery at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation gave a presentation on why the climate crisis is a health crisis.
  • Our Mia Malan rounded up the day’s events, moderating a panel discussion with South African experts who broke down the impact of climate change on HIV, TB, lung and mental health, as well as noncommunicable diseases.
  • Get a recap of what went down at our birthday event and our journey over the past 10 years.

Reflecting on 10 years of Bhekisisa

Nic Dawes, Bhekisisa’s board chair

Why the climate crisis is a health crisis

Yogan Pillay, keynote speaker

Our special anniversary panel discussion

From HIV to climate change: Our next global health threat

Decision-makers and activists had their say

Leading up to our anniversary event we asked those who know us best to share their thoughts on Bhekisisa and our 10-year milestone

We also received special birthday messages from our friends online

We hosted a 10th anniversary quiz

We ran a quiz to test our readers’ and followers’ knowledge on all things Bhekisisa. Two lucky participants won a special 10th anniversary t-shirt for getting the most answers correct — congratulations to’s Koketso Moeti and freelance journalist John Okot for being whizzes at Bhekisisa facts!

Photos from our celebration at the 54 on Bath Hotel

Soley Crooks Chissano was Bhekisisa's programme associate from March 2023 to March 2024.