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#ThoughtSpace: Fundraising 101

Working at the policy level mostly, I do miss on-the-ground action and interacting with patients. The short end of the story is that the Operation Smile discovered me during a One Million Youth Leaders (@1m2030) webinar last year. When I had been approached to be an Operation Smile Ambassador for South Africa, I knew immediately […]

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Violence all around us – re-telling the story of Nonkie

Gender-based violence (GBV) is part of our everyday vocabulary. Sometimes it’s used too loosely for my liking, sometimes it’s used to meet donor targets, or some quick once-off campaign or fancy speak. High rates of crime, femicide and GBV in South Africa are a reality and many of us live in fear each day, at […]

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Afraid & Depressed, Scenes from South Africa remind me of Palestine

About two years ago, I travelled to Tunisia for training. All around, were the ravages of what I guess were the 2015 inhumane terrorist attacks and follow-on events. Expensive yachts have been abandoned, beautiful hotels are in ruins, huge parts of coastal areas such as Hammamet are deserted, even five-star hotels are completely empty. At […]

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The Force Behind the Stories of 1000 Women

I had been quite a newbie on Twitter in 2016 and had taken my chances to DM (aka direct message) Sharon D’Agostino to network during a Conference. This was one of my first attempts at networking back then and I was not quite sure what to expect. Sharon immediately invited me to sit down, and […]

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Doomsday & Empty Promises: Playing with the Health Needs of Women and Young People

If I reflect on the past decade or so which I have spent in the field of public health, there are a few things which stand out for me; 1) the politicisation or controversial nature of women’s health and young people’s health (including adolescent health), 2) the struggle it has been to begin to make […]

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Threats to Health Systems Accountability & Governance

Much has been written about the impact of COVID-19. One of the more prominent issues which has come to light within the framework of health systems governance, has been Government corruption associated with COVID-19 response funds.  There is less focus on the severe impact on civil society organisations (CSOs) and their critical role in bolstering […]

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Dear Diary: Reflecting on the Role of Commissioner

These past few months, I felt rejuvenated, energised and saw the passion I have for better health systems come to life, like never before. I have been avidly following and supporting my colleague Simon Marot Toulong Facebook posts as his dream is to one day be Commissioner in his home town in South Sudan. He […]

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COVID-19: Social Butterfly Survival

It is almost as if we are robots sitting all day at our screens and now it’s almost as if the wires are all being fried i.e., brain, neck, lower back, eyes, posture, elbows. Previously, even though we were robots of sorts, we would still have human interaction, walk to work, get on a bus […]

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Loss & Renewed Purpose: The Experience of Shifting Identities

A sociology lecturer once explained; the minute you meet someone, questions around what they do in terms of their work/ careers leads to assumptions, a classification of who they are/ social standing and determines your interest, interaction, and relationship. Think about it, we all have identities which have shifted over time, from being at school, […]

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Mentoring: Extraordinary Two-Way Value

As I sat across Lesego Pearl Nkosi, Friday 27th November 2020, she was thanking me, to which I teared up as I actually thanked her for the impact she has had on my life and said to her, “I have been broken down by many, many people, but I espouse and give back after learning […]

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