Dr Gwendoline Malegwale Ramokgopa was born in Atteridgeville, City of Tshwane (then Pretoria). She qualified as a Medical Doctor (MBCHB) in 1989 and attained her Masters in Public Health (MPH) in 2007. Other studies undertaken at postgraduate level include Public Health (Wits), health economic and Financing (UCT) and Strategic Management and Marketing (Graduate School of Management and Technology).
As an anti-Apartheid activist she occupied various leadership positions including in the student movements, women`s organisations, professional health associations and in the African National Congress.
She was the inaugural CEO of the South African Medical and Dental Practitioners assisting it to establish its investment company on whose board she sat as an executive director. She served as a non-executive board member of NETCARE Private Health Company as well as the Deputy Chairperson of the Black Economic Empowerment Commission representing the medical sector. She also served respectively on the University Councils of the Medical University of Southern Africa (Medunsa) and the Pretoria University.
Dr. Ramokgopa worked as a Medical Officer at Dr. George Mukhari (then GaRankuwa) Hospital until 1992 when she joined the Independent Development Trust (IDT) as National Health Programme Manager. In 1995 she was invited by the MEC for Health to participate on the Strategic Management Team and later a Medical Advisor where she assisted in the establishment of an integrated unified and de-racialised Gauteng Department of Health.
From 1998 she became a member of the Gauteng Legislature serving as the Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee for health as well as being a member of the Portfolio Committee of Finance and Local Government respectively.
Dr Ramokgopa served as Member of the Executive Committee (MEC) for Health in Gauteng Government from 1999 to 2006. During this period she also chaired the Social Development Committee, served as member of the Political Labour Committee, co-ordinated the Government Multi-sectoral AIDS programme and was Head of the Gender Mainstreaming and Women`s Development Programme within the Gauteng Government.
In the periods 1995-1998 she became the first black woman to chair the executive committee of the then City Council of Pretoria. She was later appointed to serve as the Executive Mayor of Tshwane from 2006 to 2010.
In her various roles and responsibilities Dr Ramokgopa has demonstrated her passion and commitment on issues of policy, leadership and strategic planning; corporate governance, ethics, accountability and participatory democracy; economic development, youth empowerment and gender equality; as well as excellence, quality assurance, innovation and research.
Dr Ramokgopa is married with three children. She enjoys reading and spending time with her family.
Head: Technical Assistance: HSS
Dr Uys has extensive experience and expertise in the strengthening of health systems over the last twenty years bridging the gap from private health care (Life Esidimeni) to public health care and focussing mostly in resource-poor and rural South Africa.
Her special interest has always been in tuberculosis management and care. In 2006 she was appointed by Foundation for Professional Development (FPD) as project manager of the that’ it programme, a PEPFAR funded collaboration with the South African Medical Research Council and focussing on TB/HIV integration in public health facilities, one of the first funded projects to focus on HIV care through the TB entry door. She was able to establish a network of TB and HIV integrated care sites in areas of extremes, overcoming a range of challenges across five provinces in South Africa.
The project was able to collaborate with and establish support in integrated care to more than 200 clinics in the various Provincial and District Departments of Health in South Africa. Dr Uys has been co-chair of the 2014 SA TB Conference and has published peer reviewed articles and delivered oral presentations in the field of TB and HIV management and care at various national and international forums. Her current focus is on streamlining systems and managing people in HIV and TB supported care.
Dr Makuluma is a qualified general medical practitioner and a Certified Business and Executive Coach. He is the author of the Book “The Business of Healthcare – Managing Your Private Practice”.
He is a Director and the Founder Member of The Institute for Health Professionals. The Institute focuses on empowering health professionals across all disciplines with knowledge on the business and legal aspects of the profession, specifically operating health practices as businesses within the ethical and legal aspects as prescribed by various health councils.
Dr Makuluma coaches practitioners operating their own private practices and those that are in the process of opening their practices. He coaches them on the business and legal aspects of operating a practice with the aim of growing practices into profitable businesses that can generate passive income for the owner.
The coaching methodology emphasizes the importance of balancing professionalism, business, ethics and the law pertaining to operating a successful health practice.
Leago Sebesho is a medical student at UCT. She is passionate about advocacy, student governance and service leadership. She invests her time in her academics, serving in student governance structures and volunteering with various non-profit organisations.
She served on the board of Youth Voices Conferences NPO, she was the Deputy Chairperson of The Health Sciences Students’ Council at UCT in 2017 and is currently serving as Convenor of UCT Student Parliament. Her mandate as a future health professional is to build community using the knowledge and skills she accumulates through medicine as well as through the work she does through the various organisations to which she is affiliated.
Dr Cameron Meyer is the Group Clinical Officer of the Intercare Group. Dr Meyer holds a MBBCh from the University of the Witwatersrand and is an Alumnus of the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation. He is actively involved in the development and implementation of new business models in healthcare, involving both innovative service and funding structures. As an invited author, Dr Meyer has published an article on the subject of business in healthcare in Entrepreneur Magazine in 2016. Dr Meyer believes that the future market leaders will be those who recognise the current disruptive dynamics at play within the healthcare system, and have the courage and willingness to adapt to them through innovative business models.
Dr Nondumiso Mzizana is one of South Africa’s most influential business woman as named by the Financial Mail, and been Business Woman of the year 2011.
Dr Mzizana is the CEO to Sikelela Medical and Dental Supplier (Pty) Ltd, Biologica Pharmaceutical (Pty) Ltd, Tripharma (Pty) Ltd, Success Summit (Pty) Ltd and Entrepreneurial Success Summit NPO.
Dr Mzizana holds her MB CHD (Medusa), Dip Odont (University of Stellenbosch), Masters in Orthodontics, seats in various boards and she is also a Harvard Alumni (Business Strategy).
She is a mother to three handsome boys and a wife to a loving, caring and supportive husband.
South African-born Sarah Collins is the CEO of Wonderbag, the world-renowned yet simple heat-retention cooker which has been feted as an instrument of positive economic change and a catalyst for empowering women.
Since it exploded onto the local and global stage ten years ago, Sarah has worked tirelessly alongside her dynamic team to ensure the revolutionary bag reaches the right people for its far-reaching impacts to be felt. From the kitchens of suburbia to the kitchens of rural Africa, more than 1,000,000 bags have been sold worldwide and Sarah will not stop until there is one in every kitchen across the planet.
Board Positions on JSE listed companies:
ArcelorMittal S.A. Limited (Audit Committee Member)
Combined Motors Holdings Limited (REMCO Chair)
Efficient Group Limited (REMCO Chair / Audit Committee member)
merger with Garach and Garach Incorporated).
Among other publications, contributed a chapter on ‘Women and tax” in the book “South African Women Today
Dr Ndileka Mbete is Clinical Product Manager for The Birthing Team at PPO Serve, a shared services hub for clinicians. She is responsible for implementing The Birthing Team at new private hospital sites, maturing the operating model at existing sites and creating high functioning obstetric multidisciplinary teams. Dr Mbete holds a medical degree from The University of Natal, a Post Graduate Diploma in General Management from Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) and an MBA from (GIBS).
Dr Mbete has 17 years of healthcare experience, mostly in the private sector, as a general medical practitioner. She had a 10-year relationship with the Liberty group in a variety of roles. In 2005, she joined the group as an independent contractor, consulting to their underwriting and claims teams, and served on the claims committee for the Life business. From 2007, she served as their in-house medical doctor responsible for employee wellness until 2012. She has also worked in Paediatric HIV Clinical Research at Rahima Moosa Hospital in Johannesburg, responsible for managing HIV drug clinical trials.
Dr Mbete started a retail business in 2012 specializing in breast prosthetic wear for breast cancer sufferers and fashionable undergarments for women marginalized by mainstream retail. The business now operates via e-commerce. She is also a partner in a Corporate Wellness consultancy business focused on improving employee wellness and productivity.
Ndileka is married with two children, loves to travel and is an avid marathon runner.
Dr Relebohile Ncha was born and raised in Pimville, Soweto. She matriculated at RauCall and has gone further to obtain the following tertiary qualifications:
• National Diploma in Analytical Chemistry from CPUT
• Bachelor of medicine and surgery (MBChB) from University of Cape Town (UCT) in 2001.
• Masters’ in Public health from Sefako Makgato University
• Masters of Medicine in Public Health Medicine from Wits
Dr Ncha is currently practising as a Public Health Medicine Specialist and currently serving as a clinical manager at Tembisa Hospital.
Dr Ncha is also very active outside the field of medicine. She has devoted her time to serving others with a great focus on women. She is a founding member of Women Face To Face, an NGO devoted to helping women and First Ladies in the church deal with the pressures that come with the positions. She has a clothing line called “Anointed designs by Dr L” and has plans of owning her own image consulting company.
She credits the Lord Jesus Christ for all her successes.
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