The Dr Sindisiwe Masunda- van Zyl Profile
Born 3 April 1976
Died 10 April 2021 (aged 45)
Johannesburg, South Africa
Nationality South African
Other names Sindi
Alma mater BSc, MBChB – University of Pretoria
Occupation Physician, Radio DJ
Known for Using social and mainstream media to share HIV-related, mental health, other medical and public health information
Parent(s) Muchadeyi Masunda (father)
Sindisiwe van Zyl (3 April 1976 – 10 April 2021), was a South African physician, Radio DJ, health activist and researcher known for using social and mainstream media to share HIV-related, mental health, other medical and public health information.
Van Zyl was born in Harare, Zimbabwe She attended the University of Pretoria where she obtained a BSc in human physiology and psychology, and a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery degree.
Dr Sindisiwe Van Zyl interned at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital.
In 2004, she married Marinus van Zyl.
She used Twitter, mainly, to inform and engage about HIV particularly Prevention of mother to child transmission.
She shared about her personal journey with depression and physician burnout Dr. van Zyl chronicles how she lost 41 kg while on a Banting diet.
She was a natural short sleeper requiring about 4 hours of sleep per night while functioning normally.
Her scientific research has included guidelines to support HIV-affected individuals and couples to achieve pregnancy safely and COVID-19 and HIV co-infection.
Her media affiliations included:
Columnist for Health24, Bona magazine
Radio DJ Kaya FM
Guest artist in the soap opera 7de Laan
Awards and Honour
Mail & Guardian (2012) 200 Young South Africans
Glamour Women of the Year (2018) – awarded for excellence and activism in health and medicine
On 10 April 2021, she died at the age of 45 from COVID-19