About Us


Spotlight is a primarily online publication monitoring South Africa’s response to TB and HIV, the state of our health systems and the people that use it and keep it going. We do from time to time produce special print editions of Spotlight when needed and funding allows. We also produce a podcast, although this is still in its pilot phase.

You can connect with us on Facebook and/or on Twitter . You can e-mail us at Editors@SpotlightNSP.co.za. Marcus Low is the current editor of Spotlight and Alicestine October is the deputy editor.


While Spotlight is published by SECTION27 and the Treatment Action Campaign, its editors have full editorial independence. This editorial independence is jealously guarded. Spotlight’s editors, both experienced journalists, are committed to upholding the highest standards of journalistic ethics. Spotlight is run from an office in Cape Town and does not share an office with either SECTION27 or the Treatment Action Campaign.
Spotlight is a member of the South African Press Council. You can read the press code here and find details about how to complain to the press council here should you take issue with any of our stories.


Spotlight is a fully donor-funded publication. Spotlight has received funding from the South Africa Development Fund, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Mac  AIDS Fund, the Open Society Foundations, and the Swedish Institute for International Development.


Spotlight was previously known as the NSP Review. It was renamed, redesigned, and reconceptualised in 2016. The NSP Review was first published in December 2011.


Unless stated otherwise at the end of an article or in a photo caption, all Spotlight articles and photographs are published under a Creative Commons license that requires attribution and allows no derivatives. You can read more about the specific license here

In short, this means that you are welcome to republish Spotlight articles or photographs on the following conditions:

  • You credit both Spotlight and the author or photographer.
  • You do not make any substantive edits to the article or photo.

Please also linked back to the Spotlight website when you republish our work. This is not strictly speaking a condition of the license, but we always appreciate it.

Please do not republish our work without crediting Spotlight and the author or photographer. Such republication without attribution is in contravention of the license under which our work is published. It is also plagiarism.