Mia

MiaMalan

Mia Malan founded Bhekisisa in 2013 and is the organisation’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 26 African journalism awards for her work and is a former fellow of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford University.

She began her journalism career at the South African Broadcasting Corporation where she worked as a radio and television reporter. As a young journalist in 2000, she was named the CNN African Radio Journalist of the Year for a documentary that detailed a young girl's journey with Aids and her fierce fight to access HIV medicine.

In 2003, she established the first health journalism programme of the international media development organisation, Internews Network, in Kenya.

She headed up the Kenya programme for just over three years before moving to the Internews head office in Washington, DC, where she was the organisation’s senior health journalism adviser. During this period, Malan managed the implementation of training programmes in Nigeria, Ethiopia, Namibia, India, Haiti and Thailand. She also trained and mentored Roma journalists in Eastern Europe.

In 2009, Malan returned to South Africa as a Knight Health Journalism fellow of the International Center for Journalists based at the Mail & Guardian and Soweto TV. During this time, she helped to establish Soweto TV’s health unit, Phaphama.

Malan has a master’s degree in journalism from Stellenbosch University and taught health journalism in the media studies department at Rhodes University in Grahamstown.

She serves on the board of directors of the Centre for Science & Technology Mass Communication at Stellenbosch University and is an advisory board member of the Women In Media Network of the Graca Machel Trust.

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Awards

  • 2019 Standard Bank Sikuvile Journalism Awards: Features Journalist of the Year
  • 2018 Discovery Health Journalism Awards: Best Health News Reporting Finalist
  • 2016 CNN Multichoice African Journalism Awards: Features Journalist of the Year
  • 2016 Vodacom Journalism Awards: Northern Region Features Journalist of the Year
  • 2016: Diageo Responsible Drinking Media Awards: Newspaper Journalist of the Year
  • 2016 Standard Bank Sikuvile Journalism Awards: Features Journalist of the Year
  • 2015 Discovery Health Journalism Awards: Discovery Health Journalist of the Year
  • 2015 Discovery Health Journalism Awards: Features Health Journalist of the Year
  • 2015 Discovery Health Journalism Awards: Healthy Lifestyle Features Journalist of the Year
  • 2015 Brandhouse Responsible Drinking Media Awards: Journalist of the Year
  • 2015 Brandhouse Responsible Drinking Media Awards: Newspaper Journalist of the Year
  • 2015 Standard Bank Sikuvile Journalism Awards: Features Journalist of the Year
  • 2015 Standard Bank Sikuvile Journalism Awards: Newspaper Journalist of the Year
  • 2014 Standard Bank Sikuvile Journalism Awards: Features Journalist of the Year
  • 2014 National Press Club Journalism Awards: Features Journalist of the Year
  • 2014 Discovery Health Journalism Awards: Features Health Journalist of the Year
  • 2013 Brandhouse Responsible Drinking Media Awards: Newspaper Journalist of the Year
  • 2013 National Press Club Journalism Awards:Radio Features Journalist of the Year
  • 2013 National Press Club Journalism Awards: Print Features Journalist of the Year
  • 2013 Discovery Health Journalism Awards: Features Health Journalist of the Year
  • 2013 Discovery Health Journalism Awards: Discovery Health Journalist of the Year
  • 2012 Standard Bank Sikuvile Journalism Awards: Comment and Analysis Journalist of the Year
  • 2008 Baltimore Women’s Film Festival: Best Short Film (My Dead Husband’s Land)
  • 2002 US-SA Television Health Journalist of the Year
  • 2001 CNN African Journalist of the Year Awards: Radio Journalist of the Year
  • 2000 African Journalist Foundation Awards: Radio Journalist of the Year Runner-Up
  • 1998 Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation Excellence in Health Journalism Awards: Overall Winner

Laura

Laura López González

Laura López González is Bhekisisa's deputy editor. Before joining Bhekisisa in July 2016, Lopez spent three years as the print editor for Health-e News Service. López 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. López 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.

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Awards

  • 2019 Standard Bank Sikuvile Journalism Awards: Features Journalist of the Year
  • 2018 Discovery Health Journalism Awards: Finalist Best Comment and Analysis
  • 2018 Discovery Health Journalism Awards: Best Health News Reporting Finalist
  • 2018 Standard Bank Sikuvile Awards: Best Column/Editorial
  • 2017 Standard Bank Sikuvile Awards: Enterprise Journalist of the Year
  • 2017 Discovery Health Journalism Awards: Best Analysis and Commentary Writing Finalist
  • 2016 Discovery Health Journalism Awards: Health Economics Journalist of the Year
  • 2015 Vodacom Regional Journalist Awards: Northern Region Online Journalist of the Year
  • 2014 Africa Story Challenge Award: Second place for Best Health Reporting
  • 2010 Gender and Media in Southern Africa Awards: Best Sustained Reporting

Rosaline

RosalineDaniel

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.

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Sethu

SethuMbuli

Sethu Mbuli is a junior health reporter at Bhekisisa. She holds a BSc degree in ocean & atmosphere science and chemistry from the University of Cape Town, and in 2019, she completed her honours degree in journalism at Stellenbosch University.

Mbuli has a background in broadcasting, having worked as a radio presenter and newsreader for Stellenbosch University's campus radio station, MFM 92.6, for over five years. She also worked as a radio presenter for HIP2B2, an initiative to teach maths and science to young people, started by Mark Shuttleworth. Mbuli was named a Queen's Young Leader 2018 and a News24 young Mandela of the future 2019 for her work raising awareness about albinism in South Africa.

Awards

  • Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups: 2018 Global Leader in residence
  • 2017 Liberty Radio Awards: Best Daytime Show Finalist
  • 2017 National Community Radio Week Awards: Radio Personality of the Year Finalist
  • 2016 MFM Awards: Station Manager’s Award
  • 2016 MFM Awards: Best News Reader Finalist

Joan

Joanvan Dyk

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.”

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Awards

  • 2019 Standard Bank Sikuvile Journalism Awards: Features Journalist of the Year
  • 2018 Discovery Health Journalism Awards: Young Upcoming Health Journalist Finalist
  • 2018 Discovery Health Journalism Awards: Best Health News Reporting Finalist
  • 2016 Media24 Ton Vosloo Award for Leadership and Innovative Thinking

Gopolang

GopolangMakou

Gopolang Makou oversees impact tracking and reader engagement at Bhekisisa. Prior to joining the Bhekisisa team, she worked as a researcher at Africa Check covering development topics including gender; the environment and education. She has worked in the fields of media, civil society and government and started her career as a research intern at the national planning commission secretariat. Makou holds qualifications from Rhodes University, a postgraduate diploma in social science methods from Stellenbosch University and is currently completing a postgraduate diploma in survey data analysis from the University of Cape Town.

Aisha

AishaAbdool Karim

Aisha Abdool Karim is a health reporter at Bhekisisa. She graduated with a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University in New York in 2018. Before joining Bhekisisa, she worked at the Daily Maverick, covering political and health issues. While studying in the US, Abdool Karim did video production for The Conversation US. Between 2013 and 2016, during the time of the #FeesMustFall protests, she was a staff writer, the news editor and the editor-in-chief of the University of Cape Town student newspaper, Varsity. Over this period, she learned that quality reporting “helps tell people's stories in a way that drives tangible changes to broken systems”.

Dylan

Dylan Bush

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.

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Awards

  • 2017 Discovery Health Journalism Awards: Video Journalist of the Year
  • 2015 Standard Bank Sikuvile Journalism Awards: Multimedia Journalist of the Year Finalist
  • 2014 Standard Bank Sikuvile Journalism Awards: Multimedia Journalist of the Year
  • 2013 German Development Media Awards: African Category Finalist
  • 2012 Standard Bank Sikuvile Journalism Awards: Multimedia Journalist of the Year
  • 2012 CNN African Journalism Awards: Digital Journalist of the Year
  • 2008 SABC Student Journalism Awards: Television Journalist if the Year
Pascalinah

PascalinahKabi

Pascalinah M. Kabi is an IJ hub journalism fellow at Bhekisisa. She’s a Lesotho-based investigative journalist with Africa Media Holdings, which publishes the Lesotho Times and the Sunday Express.

Kabi graduated with a diploma in journalism, media and communication in 2007 from Mindolo Ecumenical Foundation. She joined the Lesotho Times as an entertainment and sports reporter in 2008. Five years later, Kabi was recruited by the features desk to write about health and gender, among other issues. She also writes occasionally for international news agencies such as Agence France-Presse as well as the British Broadcasting Corporation.

Kabi serves on the board of directors for Lesotho’s MNN Centre for Investigative Journalism and is a Federation of International Journalists’ Trainer of Trainers on Gender Safety in the Newsroom.

Awards

  • 2019 Media Institute of Southern Africa / LNIG Women in Media Awards: Business reporting
  • 2018 Winner of the University of the Witwatersrand’s Africa-China Investigative Reporting Grant
  • 2016 Lesotho Ministry of Health media awards: Best Features Writer
  • 2015 Genderlinks Print Media Award