Who we are

Access to nutritious, affordable food is a fundamental human right. Section 27(1)(b) of the South African Constitution guarantees all the right to sufficient food and commits the state to the progressive realisation of this right. Additionally, Section 28(1)(c) states that every child has the right to basic nutrition, shelter, basic health care services and social services.

Still, South Africa suffers from high levels of hunger, food insecurity, and obesity and the associated non-communicable diseases such as heart disease and diabetes – all of which are consequences of the country’s broken food system.
HEALA’s vision is a South Africa in which all people have equitable access to healthy food in order to unlock their full potential.

Vision

Affordable, nutritious food available for all who live and work in South Africa.

Mission

Mobilise and organise stakeholders around policy for affordable and nutritious food for all.

Meet the team

NZAMA MBALATI

Acting Interim CEO 
NZAMA MBALATI
Acting Interim CEO 

Nzama is an experienced social activist with strengths in community and health systems strengthening, community mobilization, policy advocacy, lobbying, human rights and project management. Having worked in the social justice and public health space for over a decade, he is well-versed on issues of politics, policy, health, human rights, inequality and various other socio-economic issues facing the people of South Africa.

BILAL MPAZAYABO

Social Media Coordinator
BILAL MPAZAYABO
Social Media Coordinator

With over five years in the NGO sector, Bilal is a seasoned social media coordinator who started in the housing and spatial politics space. His true passion lies in food sovereignty and public health. Bilal has dedicated myself to supporting small-scale farmers and entrepreneurs throughout his career. Bilal is involved skills development, financing, and networking opportunities, fostering financially thriving and inclusive systems.  Bilal is committed to creating alternative avenues for societal betterment, his strengths lie in visual communication, copywriting, and strategic planning. Bilal bring a dynamic skill set to empower organisations, but more importantly, empower people through advocacy in championing meaningful change, fostering sustainable ecosystems, and hopefully making a difference in fixing South Africa’s broken food system.

ANGELIKA GRIMBEEK

Policy and Programme Manager
ANGELIKA GRIMBEEK
Policy and Programme Manager

Angelika is leading HEALA’S technical resource development. She is a registered dietitian who has a MSc in Community Paediatrics from the University of Witwatersrand. She established and led the Dietetics and Food Service department at Bronkhorstspruit Hospital which provided her a powerful base for understanding both the health and food systems. She believes that everyone should have access to quality health care and nutritious food from sustainable systems to create a healthier and happier population – the earlier the better!

EUNICE MONTSO

Policy and Programme Coordinator
EUNICE MONTSO
Policy and Programme Coordinator

Eunice is currently completing an MSc in medicine (bioethics and health law) at the University of the Witwatersrand. She holds a Bachelor of Health Sciences degree and honours in bioethics and law from the same institution. Eunice says, “studying bioethics and health law has helped me see the many challenges and social injustices that South Africans face on a daily basis, particularly those in marginalised communities. My undergraduate and postgraduate study sparked my passion for public health research, health advocacy and learning about ways in which I can play my part in improving the quality of our country’s public health system.” Eunice has hopes of being a public health specialist in the field of health policy and advocacy.

ZUKISWA ZIMELA

Communications Manager
ZUKISWA ZIMELA
Communications Manager

Zukiswa is a communications specialist with fourteen years’ experience in the media and communications space. Having worked in multiple media spaces, her passion lies in advocacy communication and the realisation of human rights for all.

This fire was sparked during her tenure at IPS Africa, a news wire organisation which focuses on advocacy, health and developmental issues for the marginalised across the African continent.
Her communication skills come from working across a wide range of media platforms.  Zukiswa believes in platforming issues that affect the disenfranchised and giving a voice to the voiceless.

JACOB MALAHLELA

Finance and Operations Manager
JACOB MALAHLELA
Finance and Operations Manager

Jacob holds National Diploma Internal Auditing, Bcompt Accounting Sciences, MBA. He has over 20 years technical experience in accounting, tax, procurement, internal auditing, risk management, contract and grants management amongst multiple industries such as financial services, government entities, manufacturing, educational institutions and NGO sector.

PETRONELL KRUGER

Programmes Manager 
PETRONELL KRUGER
Programmes Manager 

Petronell Kruger is an admitted legal practitioner in the High Court of South Africa and has previously held positions as a legal researcher at the Constitutional Court of South Africa and at the Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa at the University of Pretoria. Her current research interest is in the interplay between human rights and public health. She is a registered PHD student at the University of Witwatersrand. She has worked extensively on food law and policy during her four years work at the Wits School of Public Health.

DESMOND MATHEVULA

Finance and Administration officer
DESMOND MATHEVULA
Finance and Administration officer

Desmond Mathevula holds a diploma in Accounting from the  University of Johannesburg. As a finance and administration officer he has a background in financial management and administrative support. He is able to streamline operations and optimize efficiency. With expertise in managing financial transactions, preparing reports, and overseeing budgets, Desmond ensures fiscal integrity while facilitating smooth day-to-day operations. His commitment to accuracy, attention to detail, and proficiency in financial software empowers him to deliver results that drives organisational success. Collaborative by nature, he excels in fostering strong cross functional relationships and providing exceptional value to the team. Desmond is passionate about contributing to the growth and prosperity of the organisation.

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