Chair of SA's medical schemes regulator succumbs to COVID-19

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The chair of the Council for Medical Schemes (CMS), Clarence Mini, has died from COVID-19, Business Day reports the regulator’s spokesperson confirmed.

The report says Mini brought strong private-sector experience to his role at the CMS, as he was previously chair of the Board of Healthcare Funders of SA, one of the country’s key industry associations for medical schemes and administrators and had been a trustee for the Government Employees Medical Scheme (GEMS).

He also did time in the public sector, serving as the principal medical officer for Port Elizabeth Municipality. He served on numerous boards and was a co-chair of the National Aids Convention on SA, which wrote South Africa’s first national HIV/Aids plan.

A medical doctor by training, Mini was appointed chair of the council of CMS by former health minister Aaron Motsoaledi. His term was due to come to an end in September, according to CMS spokesperson Grace Khoza. “He had the most extraordinary and inspiring work ethic and had a strong focus on taking care of ordinary members,” Khoza is quoted in the report as saying.

Mini is survived by his wife Nancy, and children Yandi and Nomhle.

Full Business Day report

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