Marije Versteeg – Mojanaga – Director

Marije has been at the helm of the RHAP since its inception in 2009. Committed to human rights and social justice from an early age, her passion for rural health was groomed at the Madibeng Centre for District Health Studies in Brits, North West Province. Working as a researcher at the MCR for many years, she interacted closely with local leadership structures, community members and health care workers documenting the experiences and struggles of people’s access to quality primary health care. Once at RHAP, Marije co-authored various peer-reviewed and popular publications including the results of a Delphi study on rural health priorities, and a chapter on the Right to Rural Health in the SAHR 2010. Marije represents rural health in a number of civil society and government leadership and technical structures. She was selected as one of the Top 200 Young South Africans by the Mail and Guardian in 2011. Marije holds a Masters Degree in Culture, Organisation and Management from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. Marije can be contacted at



Samantha Khan-Gillmore- Programme Manager: Human Resources for Health

Samantha Khan-Gillmore is RHAP’s Programme Manager Human Resources for Rural Health, including The Voice Project, which is aimed at empowering health care workers to advocate for patients rights and for a quality health care system. Before joining RHAP she has managed managing education, workers’ and human rights programmes for over a decade, in South Africa and across the African continent. Samantha has previously worked for the Discipline of Occupational and Environmental Health (DOEH) at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), Durban, as well for local and international labour movements. She holds a post-graduate (Honours) qualification in Politics and an undergraduate Law degree from the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban. Samantha can be contacted at


Russell Rensburg – RHAP’s Programme Manager Health Systems and Policy

Russell is RHAP’s Programme Manager for health systems and policy. His work includes managing RHAP’s rural proofing programme which advocates for the equitable allocation of resources for rural health care delivery. Before joining RHAP, he worked with the UNAIDS supported Technical Support Facility, managing technical assistance to 19 focus countries across Eastern and Southern Africa. He has holds a Bachelor of Commerce with majors in Management and Economics. Russell can be contacted at


Mafoko Phomane – Projects Coordinator

Mafoko works across programmes, leading various project and research efforts in human resources for health and rural financing. She is also the coordinator of the Rural Mental Health Campaign, an alliance of organisations advocating for rural people’s access to mental health care at primary care level. Mafoko has been with the RHAP since 2014. She holds a BA in Psychology and originates from Lesotho where she worked for the Ministry of Health in the field of District Health Management and HIV/AIDS. She is in her final year of the MpH in Rural Health at the University of the Witwatersrand. Her MpH thesis investigates mental health care service delivery by rural nurses. Mafoko can be contacted at

Peggy Bopape- Administrator

Peggy is the Office Administrator for RHAP, managing the office environment and the logistics of the different programmes. Before joining RHAP she worked for the NPO Right To Care as the Training Coordinator; coordinating health trainings such as HIV Counselling and Testing, Basic Counselling Skills, TB, Paediatric and Primary Care supporting Gauteng, Mpumalanga and Free State Province. She has a Diploma in Information Technology, Certificate in Office Administration and completed a Training and Development Management short course through the University of Cape Town. Peggy can be contacted at

Sharon Gostino- Research Intern

Sharon Gostino started as an intern at RHAP in July 2017. She holds a Public Health degree from Monash University and is currently pursuing an undergraduate Law degree from the University of South Africa. Prior to joining the RHAP team, she interned with Community of Aid Response (CARE), an NGO that focuses on research of HIV/ AIDS and other communicable diseases and also promoting the well-being of people through health education and awareness. Sharon has first-hand experience with the health system in a rural setting and its challenges and gaps. Sharon can be contacted at

Karessa Govender – Intern

Karessa obtained her undergraduate degree in occupational therapy from the University of the Witwatersrand in 2009. She is currently completing a master’s degree in occupational therapy through the same university with a specialisation in neurosciences. Karessa has been committed to public service since the onset of her career and has served in four different hospitals since 2010. During this period she has actively contributed to improving the quality and range of services provided in the departments she has worked in. Karessa’s involvement in the public sector has spurned her interest in social advocacy and the unique but often overlooked role of rehabilitation workers in advocating for social justice. Karessa can be contacted at


Daygan Eagar – Advisor Health Budgets and Expenditure

Daygan has led the RHAP’s rural-proofing programme from 2014 to September 2016. In October 2016 Daygan moved abroad for a couple of years. He continues to provide ongoing input, research  and budget analysis to the work of RHAP. Daygan has published extensively on health budgets and expenditure including a book chapter on health financing reform and social justice. He has a degree in Psychology, a BA (Hon) in Social Anthropology and a Post Graduate Diploma in Health Economics from UCT. Daygan is one of the 2014 Top 200 Young South Africans, selected annually by the Mail and Guardian.