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.
  • COVID-19 casts a long shadow. Several studies have found one in 10 COVID survivors has symptoms that continue for weeks, and even months, after initial infection. Other research suggests the figure is significantly higher. Much about long COVID or long-haul COVID is still unknown, but it bears striking similarities to myalgic encephalomyelitis or chronic fatigue syndrome – ME/CFS for short. But while researchers quibble over numbers of how many people might be affected, others are engaged in unprecedented collaboration with the ME/CFS community to bring some light to the subject. Carte Blanche tracks the latest developments. Watch on YouTube.
  • Retha Viviers and Dr Karin van der Merwe chat about Post Viral Syndrome: Long Covid on Die Groot Ontbyt. Watch on YouTube.



  • 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.