MiaMalan

Mia Malan is the founding editor-in-chief of the Bhekisisa Centre for Health Journalism. She has 25 years of journalism and institution-building experience in legacy media and digital native publications, working in newsrooms and at media development organisations in Johannesburg, Nairobi and Washington, DC. Malan has won over 20 African journalism awards. Most recently she received the Excellence in Public Health Award at the 4th Bring Her Up: Women of Firsts Awards ceremony hosted by the Charlotte Mannya-Maxeke Institute. She is a former Knight International Journalism fellow of the International Centre for Journalists and a Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism fellow at Oxford University. Malan serves on the council of the South African National Editors' Forum.

Want to know #HowWeWork? This is what Mia Malan does.



Awards

  • 2021 Charlotte Mannya-Maxeke Institute Bring Her Up Women of Firsts Awards: Excellence in Public Health
  • 2020 Vodacom Journalism Awards: Journalist of the Year in the Opinion category
  • 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

RosalineDaniel

Rosaline Daniel is Bhekisisa’s programme manager. 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 manages online advertising and 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, critical thinking forums and webinars.

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LindaPretorius

Linda Pretorius is Bhekisisa’s content editor. While studying towards a BSc in human physiology, she fell in love with science; during postgraduate studies she fell in love with writing about science. She ended up graduating with a PhD in biosystems from the University of Pretoria and has been working as a science writer, editor and proofreader in the book industry and for academic journals over the past 15 years. At Bhekisisa she helps authors to shape and develop their stories to pack a punch. “Helping an author create an effective story is like creating a synapse,” she says. “It’s that almost intangible space where information flows seamlessly from the author to the reader, without any meaning getting lost.”

YoulendreeAppasamy

Youlendree Appasamy is Bhekisisa’s impact and engagement officer. She joined Bhekisisa in 2022, after a year as one of the media publication, Africa is a Country’s, inaugural writing fellows. Prior to this Appasamy was a freelance media practitioner and also held reporting and production internships at the Sowetan and Mail & Guardian. Appasamy holds an honour’s degree in political and international studies from Rhodes University and a master’s in political studies from the University of the Witwatersrand.

MohaleMoloi

Mohale Moloi is a multimedia health journalist at Bhekisisa. He graduated with an honours degree in investigative journalism from Wits University in 2020. Before joining Bhekisisa, Moloi worked as a radio producer at Cape Talk at Primedia Broadcasting where he created current affairs content for breakfast and drive time shows. “This has taught me the importance of raising the profile of underrepresented voices in the news media,” he says. “Inequality is reflected in who gets to have their story told and whose reality often goes ignored. Frank conversations with radio listeners have taught me that fixing this representation imbalance should be in the job description of every journalist.” In 2019 Moloi was awarded a journalism fellowship by the Open Society Foundation for South Africa.

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

Yolanda Mdzeke

Yolanda Mdzeke is a multimedia reporter at Bhekisisa. She graduated with an honours degree in journalism, specialising in broadcast journalism and documentary filmmaking, from Rhodes University in 2020. At Rhodes, she was part of a group of young student journalists who reported on the 2016 #RUReferenceList protests about sexual violence on the campus, which led to the documentary DISRUPT. Her final year documentary project, ”I am Thandiwe” the story of a Black adopted child raised in a white family, was screened on DSTV as part of the 2020 National Arts Festival's virtual film festival. Mdzeke abides by one firm philosophy: “I believe in the value of storytelling in order to educate and transform our society, to explore underrepresented narratives and interrogate the status quo”.

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.

Want to know #HowWeWork? This is what Dylan Bush does.





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

Zanolwazi Kunene

Zanolwazi Kunene is a health reporter at Bhekisisa. He graduated with an honours degree in journalism from the University of the Witwatersrand in 2021. While writing for his university’s student newspaper, Wits Vuvuzela, Kunene often covered campus life issues, from the progress of renovations on dilapidated residence buildings to topics such as the university’s provision of internet data during COVID lockdowns. “I’m intrigued by stories that provide insight but leave the reader with the desire to engage in active citizenry in providing real-life solutions to everyday problems,” Kunene says.

Jesse Copelyn

Jesse Copelyn is a health reporter at Bhekisisa. He holds a master’s degree in violence, conflict and development from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) University of London and an honours degree from the University of Cape Town in politics, philosophy and economics. Before joining Bhekisisa, Copelyn worked as a research fellow at the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation, where he conducted research on public policy issues related to violence prevention. ”Journalism is a powerful tool to bridge the gap between academia, policymakers and the public,” Copelyn believes. ”Such stories can help to ensure that we create and implement evidence-based policies.”

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