The ME CFS Foundation South Africa

Media Coverage

As part of our campaign to create awareness of ME/CFS, we try to secure media coverage whenever we can. Below are some of the interviews and articles:



  • SABC2 Health Talk: Television appearance 17 May 2017 – Foundation Founder, Retha Viviers, appears in studio to talk about ME/CFS, the Foundation, as well as Awareness Month May 2017
  • Carte Blanche: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Millions Missing 19 February 2017 – Devi Sakaree Govender interviews foundation founder, Retha Viviers; Dr Ron Davis and Linda Tannenbaum from the Open Medicine Foundation; journalist and public health activist, David Tuller; and an ME/CFS patient. This video went viral with thousands from countries all over the world viewing and sharing it. It’s recommended viewing for people with ME/CFS, their family, friends and caregivers.



  • Weekend Post: Weekend Post 13 May 2017 – Article in Eastern Cape Newspaper about the Foundation’s “Light up the Night” global participation for #MillionsMissing.
  • Daily Vox: Living with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome 12 May 2017 – Interview with Nomsa Gamedze
  • CommUnity Ch@ Online Magazine: May is awareness month for Myalgic Encephalomyalitis April Edition – Interview with Nomsa Gamedze & Retha Viviers, on page 12 & 13
  • Northcliff Melville Times: Do you know what ME is? 4 January 2017 – Interview with MECFSSA founder, Retha Viviers, re the financial impact of the disease and the difficulty getting diagnosed.
  • Krugersdorp News: Imagine living a life with no energy 2 December 2016 – Brief article re the foundation and major ME/CFS symptoms.
  • Benoni City Times: Woman home-bound by invisible disease 27 May 2016 – Interview with MECFSSA founders, Retha and Clarinda Viviers, and Leigh-Ann Horn, a patient. Leigh-Anne was a successful podiatrist in Benoni for 18 years, but had to sell her practice after the onset of ME/CFS.