Biographical details

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lpburkina043bwebHigher education:

  • BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences, University of Natal, Durban, South Africa.
  • MSc Liberal Studies in Science, University of Manchester, UK.

Work summary:

  • Lecturer in Applied Science Department, Natal College for Advanced Technical Education, Durban, South Africa.
  • Writer, editor and photographer for the SACHED TRUST, a Johannesburg NGO specialising in distance education for out-of-school youth. More...
  • Freelance photographer, writer and editor serving the NGO sector in South Africa. More...
  • Freelance researcher, director, producer of television and educational films. More...
  • Consultant - writer, editor, multimedia, specialising in HIV/AIDS.More...


  • Creating Hope, the story of MTCT-Plus. Narrative account of the world’s first multi-country HIV treatment programme for ICAP. (Online publication, May, 2011). More...
  • Knowledge and Communications Manager HLSP, Pretoria: December 2008 to December 2009,Rapid Response Health Fund,( RRHF ).
  • Knowledge and Communications Manager HLSP, Pretoria; Part-time January 2010, Strengthening South Africa's Response to HIV and Health, ( SARRAH,).


  • Draft paper for WHO High-level Task Force on health systems research for 2008 Global Ministerial Forum on Research for Health, October 2008.
  • Rapporteur for Global Coalition on Women and AIDS, Conveners Meeting, Geneva, May 2008.
  • Rapporteur for first meeting of 2031 Programmatic Response Cluster, Geneva, May 2008.
  • Rapporteur for Global Coalition on Women and AIDS, Expert Panel, Geneva, April, 2008.
  • Articles for UNAIDS website, UNAIDS Global Report 2008, World Disasters Report 2008 (IFRC).
  • Edit producer for UNICEF Born Free multimedia series on PMTCT, with Gideon Mendel, December 2007.
  • Writing/editing policy documents on HIV-related stigma and discrimination for the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, Brighton, July 2007.
  • Task shifting. Researcher/writer for World Health Organisation (WHO/HIV), concept papers, journal articles, 2006-2007.
  • Treat, Train, Retain – AIDS and health workforce initiative.Researcher/writer for WHO/HIV. Four background papers for Consultation in Geneva, May 2006. Rapporteur for Consultation.
  • Part-time consultant, UK Department for International Development (DFID) Global AIDS Policy team (January – March 2005; August – November 2005).
  • A8 for the G8 –  ActionAid multimedia campaign for the G8 (writing and editing).
  • HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria: The status and impact of the three diseases (researcher/writer, with Hein Marais). The Global Fund, Geneva March 2005.
  • 2004 Report on the Global AIDS epidemic. UNAIDS, Geneva, July 2004) – Contributing researcher/writer, sections on prevention, vulnerable groups, orphans, emergencies, gender and youth

Recent editing

  • First edit of manuscript, Postcolonial geographies of AIDS in South Africa, Mark Hunter, August 2008. (Published as Love in the time of AIDS by Indiana University Press, 2010).
  • HIV/AIDS Training Manual, Kyrgyzstan, UNIFEM, July 2008.
  • Mainstreaming AIDS into Development. Editing UNAIDS technical package of papers and power point presentations, 2006.


  • Side effects. The story of AIDS in South Africa. Juta/Double Storey, Cape Town, February 2008. More...
  • Mane P, Lawson L (2007) HIV prevention, gender and sexual health, forging the links. International journal of sexual health 19 (3):47-53 (Journal article).
  • Living Proof.  Community Action on AIDS. International HIV/AIDS Alliance, Brighton, July 2004 (10 year anniversary report). More...
  • David Goldblatt 55 –Phaidon, London 2001. (Introduction). More
  • Working Women - a portrait of South Africa’s black women workers. Photographs and text. SACHED/ Ravan Press, 1985. Pluto Press, 1986. More...

Articles have been published in many South African publications such as Leadership, Millennium, Mail & Guardian, Sash, Learn and Teach, Sunday Times Magazine. The illustrated article, Crying on the Hard Shoulder (Millennium, vol 17, 1999) was awarded the Mondi Award for Essays/Non-fiction in 1999. Read...


Solo exhibition:

  • Survivors (Market theatre, Johannesburg, 1982). Review...

Selected group exhibitions 

  • International fototage (Herten, 1993)
  • Through a lens darkly (Six portfolios by South African photographers, SA National Gallery, 1993)
  • Schwarz Weiss (Berlin, 1991)
  • Malibongwe (Amsterdam, 1990)
  • Zabalaza (London, 1990). Review...
  • The Hidden Camera (Amsterdam, 1987)
  • Prisoners of War (Johannesburg, 1987)
  • Nichts wurd uns trennen (Berlin, 1984/5)
  • The Cordoned Heart (Cape Town, New York, London 1984-1986). Review...
  • Culture and resistance (Botswana, 1982)
  • Staffrider (Johannesburg, 1983, 1988)

Photographs have been published in a wide range of magazines and other publications including Leadership, Millennium, Mail & Guardian. My work has been included in several books and photography magazines, such as:

  • Photography and Africa. Erin Haney. Reaktion Books. 2010 
  • Women by women. 50 years of women’s photography in South Africa. Edited by Robin Comley, George Hallett and Neo Ntsoma (Wits University Press, 2006)
  •  Spot on South Africa: Women photographers, Eikon 70, 2010
  • South Africa. The Cordoned Heart, Gallery Press, 1983.

Selected film, television and radio 


6000 a day…an account of a catastrophe foretold. A history of the AIDS pandemic. A 52-minute documentary for Arte, France. Director Philip Brooks. (Dominant 7, 2001)



Living on the line. 90-minute documentary for Channel 4. Presenter Jon Snow. Director John Bridcut. (Mentorn Barraclough Carey, 2000). Winner of Lifestyle Award at the 2000 One World Broadcasting Trust Award ceremony.More...

Associate producer


Apartheid’s children. 38 minutes, Dispatches, Channel 4.Director Tom Roberts (October Films). Winner of UNICEF award at the 1999 One World Broadcasting Trust Award ceremony.More...



Mashayabhuqe, AIDS hits everyone. 52- minute documentary for , South Africa. (Teaching Screens, 1996, 1998)More...



Talking about sex, HIV and AIDS. 26- minute educational video for SA Departments of Health and Education .(Teaching Screens, 1997)



God Bless Africa. Three-part history of the Christian missionaries in South Africa. SABC. 52 minutes each (Phakathi Films, 1996) More...



Death of Apartheid. Three 50-minute films on the transfer of power from the National Part to the African National Congress Producer for BBC 2. Brian Lapping (Brian Lapping Associates, 1996).

Archive researcher


Days of Good Hope. Three-part radio series on the end of apartheid, with Donald Woods. BBC 4, Producer John Bridcut (Crux Productions, 1994).

Associate Producer


Roots of Struggle. Episode 1 of ANC history for ANC. Broadcast on MNet and SABC, 52mins. (Afravision, 1994) 



The Gluckman File. Dispatches, 43 mins, Channel 4. Director John Bridcut. Winner of 1994 Amnesty International Television Award (Chrysalis Productions, 1993)



Healing the land. Four-part educational series on the environment. Later broadcast on SABC. Director Robyn Hofmeyr. (Phakathi Films, 1993)



The Promised Land. Dispatches, 43 minutes, Channel 4.Director Nick Read (Frontline, 1991)


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