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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.

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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: January - March 2017

Amil Umraw

Amil started his career in journalism at The Witness newspaper in Pietermaritzburg where he interned while completing his Social Science Honours Degree at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
Amil, now a full-time reporter at The Witness, covers the newspaper’s East Coast crime beat. He got his first taste of investigative reporting when he uncovered a plot to murder an international tobacco baron.
Amil has since exposed incidents of alleged police corruption and underworld shenanigans.
Amil hopes to fine tune his investigative skills during his three-month stint with amaBhungane.

Ferial Haffajee

She hardly needs an introduction: Ferial is a veteran journalist and editor. She has edited both the Mail & Guardian and the City Press weekly newspapers and is currently editor-at-large with the recently launched Huffington Post South Africa.
Ferial is also the author of What If There Were No Whites In South Africa?
She is currently spending some time in amaBhungane’s Johannesburg office where she hopes to pick up a few more tricks of the investigative trade.

Micah Reddy

Before joining the amaBhungane team, Micah was the national co-ordinator for media freedom and diversity at the Right2Know Campaign. He holds a Masters in African Studies from Oxford University and a BA from Wits.
Micah was formerly managing editor at the Yemen Times in Sana’a. He has also worked as a freelance journalist and editor in Egypt and elsewhere in the Middle East.
Micah is a co-founder of Sound Africa Podcast.
Micah took particular interest in the struggle for Palestinian liberation — during his travels in parts of the Middle East before university — in which he drew strong parallels with the fight against apartheid.
Micah wants to improve his muck-racking skills at amaBhungane.

Serah Makondetsa

Serah joined Malawi’s Times Media Group in 2013 after she completed her Bachelor’s degree in mass communication at the African Bible College in Lilongwe.
In the three years she has been with the group, Serah has worked across the organisation’s platforms, which include TV and radio broadcasting.
She has a firm grasp of reporting and believes the ability to listen and to identify red flags are key to her job.
Serah is passionate about the work she does as a reporter, because it allows her to give a voice to the voiceless.
She hopes to learn how to get to the bottom of allegations linked to corruption and the abuse of power during her time with amaBhungane.

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