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Luis Alvarez

The Health24 team has spent the majority of the past 18 months reading, researching and writing about Covid-19 to help readers make sense of the science, symptoms and causes of the virus. They are the newsroom experts on health and science and bring depth to News24's coverage of a variety of health-related news.

Bevan Lakay is Health24's editor. He's spent his entire career in journalism at 24.com, having started as an intern at Fin24, many moons ago. After he became news editor for Fin24, and spent a further three years on the desk at News24, he decided to try his hand at something different. He became community editor for News24, which before its recent rapid growth, saw him responsible for opinions as well as social media for the publication.

He has been at Health24 since late 2016 where, he says: "You learn so many new things, every day."

Beyond work, he has a keen interest in international sports, especially football, and is a long-suffering Liverpool Football club fan. He is also fascinated by American sports, specifically American football, and constantly studies all facets of the game.

Bevan Lakay

Tauhira Dean is Health24's Jane-of-all trades, but has a love for feature writing and human-interest stories, and manages the social media properties. She started at Health24 as an intern. As the longest-tenured member of the team, she has forgotten more about the inner workings of the website than others have learnt about it.

Come dusk or dawn, the aspiring web developer can be found discovering new mountain trails or joining zoom yoga workout sessions. She is also - in her own words - a "mean smoothie maker".

On the back of covering health-related content, she was selected as a Goalkeeper for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, in the fight to reach 2030 sustainable development goals, advocacy work which she is tremendously proud of.

Tauhira Dean

Zakiyah Ebrahim completed her undergraduate degree in media and Writing and later graduated with her master's in Media Studies at the University of Cape Town.

At Health24, she covers all aspects of health and wellness, from disease outbreaks to chronic illnesses and mental health.

These days her focus has shifted mainly to the Covid-19 crisis. When she's not on a call with experts, she's getting her head around scientific papers and trying to put it across clearly for readers. In her spare time, you can find her hiking the Mother City's trails, or in her bed with a cup of tea, binge-watching gripping survival shows.

Zakiyah Ebrahim

Nelisiwe Msomi is a journalist who covers a variety of topics at Health24, with an emphasis on the South African healthcare system. Her career started as a journalist at Bhekisisa Centre of Health Journalism and she's worked as a journalist and engagement officer at Health-e News. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Johannesburg.

She is also a former co-host of the Mercy and Contentment Show that aired on online radio station Salaamedia - a show that profiled issues that black Muslims in South Africa face. Msomi is a contributing author of a book called If it be madness: An anthology to honour the life and courage of Shamima Shaikh.

She has an interest in studying race relations and feminist politics.

Nelisiwe Msomi

Stefni Herbert is a journalism graduate who has a keen interest in diet and nutrition. She has, for the better part of her life, been fascinated by human physiology and is enthusiastic about nutrition and fitness, along with mental health and cognitive functionality.

She cut her teeth on news and lifestyle reporting for the Saturday and Sunday Weekend Argus newspapers, before venturing into digital journalism. In her very little spare time, she enjoys reading because she loves learning, but dislikes studying. She also loves spending time in Cape Town's picturesque outdoors, drinking copious amounts of coffee, and listening to good music from decades gone by.

She hopes to one day complete her studies in business administration, dietetics and sports nutrition.

Stefni Herbert

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