Kim Harrisberg is a multimedia journalist working with Health-e News in Johannesburg, South Africa. Health-e News is South Africa's oldest health news agency and reports on a range of social justice issues. Kim's reporting focus has largely been on gender based violence and she helped set up an SMS service to direct rape survivors to 24 hour healthcare facilities across the country.
She recently completed a documentary titled 'Food Apartheid' which examines the long-term social divides that malnutrition is exacerbating since the end of apartheid. This was screened on the South African Broadcasting Corporation channel with a 2 million strong viewership.
Prior to this, Kim received her Masters degree in African Studies from the University of Cambridge and worked as a freelance journalist, reporting from six different African countries.
Her interests lie in experimenting with multimedia reporting through the use of data, infographics, embedded videos, photographs and narrative storytelling to tell stories related to social justice in the country.
She won the national Vodacom Online Journalist of the Year award for her multimedia story on domestic worker exploitation, and the Impact Africa award in 2017 for her multimedia story on elderly female breadwinners in rural South Africa.
'Food Apartheid' looks at how food is further entrenching the social divides created by apartheid.
Although we are 24 years into a new democracy, political freedom has meant very little to those living through a nutritional crisis. Commentators are calling this a ticking time bomb, while activists are calling this "food apartheid", as inequality established is being further entrenched by the food the haves and the have nots are able to afford every day.
Researchers link malnutrition to higher levels of violence, poor cognition, fewer employment opportunities and higher long term health risks, such as diabetes and – ironically - obesity.
This documentary explores the social stress mothers experience through having to provide for their children, the threats to notions of masculinity when men cannot provide (and how this enhances violence) and the impact on education, employment and health. With the highest obesity rates in sub-Saharan Africa, and 10,000 new diabetes cases every month, South Africa's health is in crisis and this documentary is a call to urgent action.