Mia Malan is Bhekisisa's editor-in-chief and executive director. Under her leadership, Bhekisisa’s online readership increased 30 fold and its donor funding eight fold between 2013 and 2019. Malan has won more than 20 African journalism awards for her work and is a former fellow of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford University.
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Laura Lopez Gonzalez is Bhekisisa's deputy editor. Before joining Bhekisisa in July 2016, Lopez spent three years as the print editor for Health-e News Service. Lopez began reporting on health in 2003 as part of an in-depth reporting project on HIV among men who have sex with men in Chicago and Cape Town. In Chicago, HIV was spreading through marginalised communities who were dealing with stigma and unequal access to care in a country where treatment was available. Lopez spent seven years covering health in Southern Africa and globally for the humanitarian news service, the Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN). She has also written for specialist publications such as Aidsmap and as a research consultant for the Open Society Foundation, where she examined international HIV and tuberculosis funding.
Rosaline Daniel is Bhekisisa’s programme associate. She holds Master’s degrees from the Universities of Cape Town and Westminster in the United Kingdom in International Relations and Technical and Specialised Translation. Daniel monitors the fulfillment of donor requirements, and develops information systems for financial and progress reporting to ensure that Bhekisisa remains compliant. She also ensures all administrative work is carried out for the assigned programmes in line with procedures. Daniel works with Bhekisisa’s engagement officer and other team members to organise and conceptualise training and critical thinking forums.
Roxy de Villiers crafts Bhekisisa's social media and assists with website and online content. She assists with organising media trainings and critical thinking forums on health issues for policy makers. De Villiers honed her skills in community media. Before joining Bhekisisa, she worked at Caxton Local Media's Randfontein Herald. She’s also worked for community newspapers in Johannesburg, Knysna and George. While at Randfontein Herald, de Villiers was one of the first journalists to report on the Life Esidimeni tragedy in 2015 long before it hit the mainstream media. In 2017, she was part of a team of Caxton journalists who assisted a sister mediahouse, Group Editors Publications and Online Platforms, with reportage on the Knysna fires. De Villiers has also worked with the Rosebank-based community radio station, Radio Today, as a guest newsreader.
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 is interested in the effect of government policies on ordinary people and hopes to one day find a solution for long, 6am queues at state clinics. “I have always seen journalism as a means of making the world a better place," she says. "Being part of Bhekisisa allows me to do just that, especially through the practice of solutions-based journalism."
Joan van Dyk graduated with an honours degree in journalism from Stellenbosch University in 2017. She was the top performing student in the class of 2016. Joining Bhekisisa marks Van Dyk’s debut as a journalist, but she was instantly captivated by the all-encompassing nature of health reporting in Africa. She grew up travelling the continent and aspires to reveal issues that are relevant to the well-being of its populations. “Health stories expose the human fragility that unifies us all. I am looking forward to writing stories that unravel the health policies and politics that impact on the lives of everyday people across the continent.”
Dylan Bush studied journalism, specialising in television and photography, at Rhodes University. In 2008 they won the SABC Young Journalist of the Year award for a mini-documentary on the food crisis in South Africa. Bush spent four-and-a-half years as a multimedia reporter at the Mail & Guardian from 2010 to 2014. During this time, they exhibited their photography in South Africa and Europe and won two Standard Bank Sikuvile awards for their reporting on corruption and police brutality. In 2012 Bush, together with Craig McKune and Verashni Pillay, was the first ever recipient of the CNN African Digital Journalist of the Year award.