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.

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A push to eradicate ‘period poverty’

Calls for the South African government to make sanitary pads free to help those who can't afford and access menstrual products continue to mount. Recently, I_Menstruate, a movement founded and led by our fellow Tracey Malawana, hosted the first leg of the exhibition...

Applications Now Open

Are you a social change leader committed to social justice and health equity action?  Join our community of dynamic changemakers coming together to enhance their knowledge, leadership capabilities and action for greater social justice and health equity impact. Tekano...

SA needs a coordinated approach for the peaceful integration of refugees

"As we celebrate World Refugee Day, let's reflect on the state of refugees in South Africa. Refugees face a number of hardships on a daily basis, stemming from poor policy implementation, xenophobia, limited access to services, corruption, lack of awareness of their...

Bringing change to Mnceba, Ntabankulu

Tekano Lifelong Fellows Judiac Ranape and Lebohang Molete, together with the Rural Health Advocacy Project, recently handed over a repurposed container to the community of Mnceba in Ntabankulu, Eastern Cape. The repurposed container will be used as a patient waiting...

Umhlaba Yimpilo: The quest for food sovereignty

A food sovereignty movement has emerged in Sada, Eastern Cape, dedicated to creating an empowering and supportive environment for small-scale farmers. This initiative aims to establish community-led food production systems and local produce markets, fostering...

Collaborating with sister programmes

Between the 27th of February to the 1st of March 2024, the Tekano team embarked on a transformative journey to Vietnam to participate in the Atlantic Institute Program Staff Retreat. This gathering, designed to support staff members from various Atlantic Fellows...

‘Basic freedoms don’t exist [in South Africa]’ – Dr Lehohla

'Basic freedoms don't exist [in South Africa]; basic freedom is not the freedom to vote. It's the freedom that your stomach is full every day – that's the basic freedom. So, in the absence of that, you cannot [be free],' said Dr Pali Lehohla, Former...

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...


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