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AmaBhungane develops investigative journalism by imparting investigative skills to others in the media through fellowships and extramural transfers. Fellows join us from across Southern Africa, where we also encourage the establishment of further investigative centres.

Working journalists from any media outlet (or any other suitably qualified candidates) join amaBhungane, usually for a three-month period. By working with our staff they are given the opportunity to hone their investigative skills.

Media houses are encouraged to second employees for fellowships. We can usually offer a stipend to successful candidates.

Our more than 50 fellowship alumni across the region are making their mark and have already formed two partner centres, the  Ink Centre for Investigative Journalism (in Botswana), the Centre for Investigative Journalism Malawi, and an investigative unit based at The Namibian.

Enquiries may be addressed to Drew Forrest at  [email protected]


AmaBhungane Fellows: July - September 2017


Zanele Mji 

Zanele is a politics, philosophy and gender studies graduate from UCT. Over her five-year freelance media career Zanele has written about food, fashion, lifestyle and the arts for a number of South African and American digital and print titles. She has joined amaBhungane to sharpen her in-depth investigative skills so that she can tell some of South Africa's most interesting, mysterious and little-known stories.


Wongani Msowoya – Fellow

Wongani is amaBhungane’s latest fellow from Malawi, sponsored by the Centre for Investigative Journalism Malawi (CIJM). A journalism graduate from the University of Malawi, Wongani (24) is currently pursuing a BSc degree in mass communication with Lilongwe’s ShareWorld Open University. She has worked for the past two years as a current affairs and investigative reporter for the Nation newspaper, where she has covered such major issues as the Cashgate scandal and the theft of prescription drugs from major Malawian public hospitals. Wongani also covered business and entertainment news. Her interests include travel and reading, particularly the non-fiction works of US secretary for housing and urban development, Ben Carson. She says that she applied for the fellowship, entailing her first visit to South Africa, to boost her journalistic career.



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