What we offer

A Fellows Programme that is run each year where we invite  applications, and screen, select  and recruit approximately 25 Fellows.

We also have Alumni Programme  and a presence and voice in its  own right – promoting health equity through addressing structural and social determinants of health.

The Tekano journey is more than one story.

It is a new journey for all of us – rich and complex with many influences. There are many role players – individuals, groups, professions, even whole communities
– each adding to the range of perspectives, challenges and contributions. The questions are many – and the solutions just as diverse. So how are we to share it with you in a few pages?

In trying to answer What is Tekano? and What is the work that we do? we realised that the answer was rich and complex so we have attempted to answer it in a series of stories. We hope that this will give you a more nuanced perspective of the organisation and of its unfolding.

Introductory Video

Meet our 

Yearlong Fellows

Latest Updates

News, Views,

Events & Activities

Media Statement: Women’s Day presents a time to reflect on South Africa’s progress of Gender Equity & Inclusivity.

Attention: Editors and Reporters Tuesday 9 August 2022This year democratic South Africa will host the 28th commemoration of women’s power and resistance. A democratic South Africa would not have been possible without the contributions of women. At every stage, even...

Request for Proposals – External Audit Services

Request for Proposals: External Audit ServicesTekano is a non-profit organisation whose vision is to have a more equitable South African society with improved health status across all populations. This is through fostering dynamic, visionary, value-based leaders...

Vacancy – Interim Programme Director: Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity at Tekano (AFHESA)

Competitive salary plus benefit | Location: Cape Town  At Tekano (from the Sesotho word for equity) we are committed to building a lifelong community of courageous changemakers who together will accelerate the eradication of inequity and injustice resulting in...

Media Statement: Youth Day – Tekano Calls for South Africa’s Youth to Lead in Ensuring That Sacrifices of the 1976 Generation Become Tangible Gains for the Youth of 2022

Attention: Editors Thursday, 16 June 2022 Today, Tekano joins South Africa in remembering the 1976 uprising and youth who unequivocally rejected the oppressive status quo. We join the call of the country’s youth, for a return to the development path envisioned through...

Media Statement – Africa Day: Tekano calls for Pan-Africanism solidarity rooted in unity and freedom.

Attention: Editors and Reporters Tuesday 24 May 2022Tekano - (teh-ka-no) is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to foster dynamic, visionary, values-based, politically informed, and socially conscious leaders, in South Africa and across the African continent....

Vacancy – Finance Officer for Tekano

TEKANO FINANCE OFFICER VACANCYCOMPETITIVE SALARY PLUS BENEFITS LOCATION: CAPE TOWNAt Tekano (from the Sesotho word for equity) we are committed to building a lifelong community of courageous change makers who together will accelerate the eradication of inequity and...

Media Statement – Human Rights Day: The Horror of Sharpeville Should Never Be Forgotten

Attention: Editors and Reporters Monday 21 March 2022Human Rights Day is commemorated annually on 21st March to honour the sacrifice of those who fell during the Sharpeville massacre on this day in 1960. This massacre claimed the lives of many people protesting...

Healthy Frontline workers equate to a Healthy Society, writes Rene Sparks Lifelong Fellow for Health Equity.

In an Op-ed recently published in the Mail and Guardian, Atlantic Fellow for Health Equity, Rene Sparks, advocates for more care to be provided to health and care workers beyond the Pandemic.Sparks, who is also an Aspen New Voices Fellow and an executive member of the...

Media Statement – 25 Years of Promises, It’s Time for Action – International Human Rights Day 2021

Attention: Eds 10 December 2021  Today marks 25 years since President Nelson Mandela signed the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa into law, in Sharpeville, on 10 December 1996.  While the South African Constitution has irrevocably transformed the legal...

Media Statement – World Aids Day – Tekano Says Predatory Male Behaviour Threatens the Fights Against HIV

Attention: Eds 1 December 2021  As the world recognises World Aids Day on 1 December 2021, forty years after the first AIDS cases were reported, much has changed in the world and South Africa has indeed made great progress in tackling the HIV pandemic. “South...


What our fellows

have to say

In my activism work I became aware of the psychological trauma that abducted girls and women have to live with for the rest of their lives if they are not supported. This level of awareness needs to be put into action, by conscientising other stakeholders.
Sibongile Mtungwa

Fellow at KwaZulu-Natal

I am passionate about training environmental health practitioners, building their capacity to be aware of factors in the environment that affect health such that prevention of ill health and injury plays a key role in their thinking and, invariably, in the work that they do.
Luqman Yesefu

Fellow at Eastern Cape

My activist vigour is focused towards building a South Africa where Alma Ata (primary health care) takes centre stage and the underprivileged South Africans have access to affordable, quality healthcare regardless of class, employment, gender, origin, or ability to pay.
Bernard Mutsago

Health Policy Researcher