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

Open Call: 10 Minutes Documentary

REA BUA - HERSTORYTekano is looking for 5 filmmakers/companies to produce 5 short films of 10-minute each.Are you an independent film-maker with a passion for social justice?Do you have experience in documentary or short-films?Are you a film-maker with a passion for...

Professor Mzikazi Nduna appointed the Dean of Health Sciences at University of Fort Hare

The University of Fort Hare recently announced the appointment of Tekano Board Member, Dr. Mzikazi Nduna, as the Dean of Health Sciences. Dr. Nduna’s tenure at the institution of higher learning is set to begin in January 2022. Armed with an extensive teaching history...

‘A Quiet Implosion’ by Dr. Cyan Brown webinar launch featuring Dr. Tracey Naledi

On the 27th of May, 2021, join the Tekano community and health sector for the documentary series webinar launch of A Quiet Implosion; a documentary exploring the untold narratives of junior doctors in South Africa. The webinar launch will take place at 7pm - 8h30pm on...

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...


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

Introductory Video

A bit about us

in a few minutes