Have something to say? Find out how to write an opinion piece and get it published

The Bhekisisa Centre for Health Journalism is based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Bhekisisa is one of only a few media outlets in the Global South specialising in solutions-based narrative features and analysis. We not only uncover problems but also critically evaluate the solutions meant to fix them. 

It’s an approach we also take with our opinion pieces.

What makes a good op-ed? What can I expect from the editing process? Who do I pitch a possible opinion piece to?

Get the answers to all these questions along with some handy writing tips here before you make a submission. 

When violence begets violence: Men, trauma & HIV in South Africa

Young men living in urban informal settlements have experienced a huge amount of violence and trauma in their own lives. This may not come as a surprise to some, but within...
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Lead in the blood: The poisoning of a generation

By 1927, Anglo American had obtained a controlling interest in a decades’ old lead mine north of Lusaka. Today, the mine may be closed, but its legacy lives on in the...

Will the National Health Insurance Bill go far enough to prevent corruption?

The National Health Insurance Bill was released on 8 August but a look at how well our mothers – and our finances – do in the public health sector does not...

Pathologies of pleasure: What they don’t teach you in medical school

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Civil society’s #MeToo moment: ‘We are complicit in creating environments that allow this’

Civil society is supposed to be a watchdog. It’s supposed to fight for what’s right – but what happens when those tasked with advocating for the most vulnerable become the perpetrators...