Health-e Journalist Wins Award for Documentary on Life Esidimeni

Kyla Hermannsen a former journalist for Health-e has been part of the winning entries at the Vodacom Journalist of the Year awards for the Northern Region, for her documentary on Life Esidemeni, Dignity Denied.

Health-e in a statement has said that the documentary was partly produced while she was Hermannsen was still working at the organization. The new outlet has commented on how proud they were of the announcement and commends the journalist and the team comprised of Ashley Market, Tshepo Dhlamini, Tshidi Lechuba of eNCA’s Checkpoint, and freelance cameraman Shamiel Albertyn.

In a comment from the judges of the awards, “Journalism can influence awareness of what is happening in our country and drive public discourse. Months of investigation resulted in a series of reports that were thoroughly researched, poignantly told, well shot and edited – and exposed conditions contributing to the death of one of the subjects. This impactful reporting was subsequently even used during the official investigation.”

The documentary aired 16th August 2016 on Checkpoint a show on eTV and eNCA.