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.

Latest Updates

News, Views,

Events & Activities

Tekano invites you to our first Imbawula

Tekano hosts its first Imbawula and you are welcome to join.On Friday the 16th of April 2021 at 7pm, the Atlantic Fellows for Health Equity based at Tekano will be hosting its first ever Imbawula, and the event promises to be an intimate evening for all. An Imbawula...

Rea Bua! Voices of Tekano – Tekano’s Interactive Community Newsletter

REA BUA!  The voices of Tekano Tekano's Interactive Community Newsletter. Click the links to listen, watch and read. 

Coaching Leaders in Times of Disruption – Join the Discussion moderated by Joy-Marie Lawrence

On the 24th of March join Tekano Board Member Joy-Marie Lawrence as she moderates a discussion on Coaching Leaders in Times of Disruption as part of the Africa Executive Coaching Convention (AECC). The convention, which started on the 3rd of March, is a platform for...

Introducing the Third Cohort of Atlantic Fellows based at Tekano

Tekano and the Atlantic Fellows Community welcome the Third Cohort of Atlantic Fellows based at Tekano.WELCOME COHORT 3 - REA LE AMOHELAThe Tekano Fellowship Programme on leadership development for health equity in South Africa is about strengthening the capacities of...


Tekano partners with the Soul City Institute for Social Justice, and hosts a panel discussion on Feminist Tech solutions for gender-based violence.

Vacancy – Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Officer

Competitive Salary Plus Benefits  Location: Cape TownAt 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 fairer,...

Fellows Update: Bulela Vava, Rene Sparks & Sibongile Mtungwa

SUPPORT BULELA VAVA & PUBLIC ORAL HEALTH FORUMThe Public Oral Health Forum (POHF) is an organisation created by Atlantic Fellow based at Tekano Bulela Vava. Bulela has often spoken of the disparity amongst populations and communities in South Africa, with regards...

Distance/E-Learning Best Practice Researcher Calls for expression of interest

OBJECTIVE OF THIS CONSULTANCYTekano is a leadership development for health equity organisation and one of seven (7) Atlantic Fellows Programmes. It is based in Khayelitsha, Cape Town. It is built upon a commitment to the Bill of Rights enshrined in the Constitution of...

Decolonial Health Systems: Dreaming African Health Futures

Senior Atlantic Fellows, Shehnaz Munshi, Lance Louskieter & Kentse Radebe have come together to lead a conversation about Decolonial Health Systems. The conversation, which began in October as a Convening led by the Fellows with the inclusion of members from...

Request for Proposals: Travel & Accommodation

Purpose The purpose of this Request for Proposal (RFP) is to solicit proposals from potential bidders for the provision of travel and accommodation services to Tekano, i.e. the making of travel and accommodation bookings. This RFP document details and incorporates, as...


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

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A bit about us

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