Professor Mbulaheni Simon Nemutandani has been elected the new president of the Health Professions Council of SA (HPCSA), and Dr Simpiwe Sobuwa as his vice-president, at the council’s recent inauguration, reports Cape Times.
Welcoming Nemutandani and Sobuwa, Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said: “We are delighted with the appointment of both the president and vice-president and I am confident of their leadership capabilities to steer the HPCSA and deliver on its mandate as encapsulated by the Health Professions Act 54 of 1974.”
Acting Registrar/CEO Dr Munyadziwa Kwinda congratulated the pair, saying: “We as Secretariat will provide the necessary support and guidance for them to ensure that they execute their duties”.
The HPCSA said in a press statement:
Professor Nemutandani qualified as a dentist from the University of Western Cape approximately 30 years ago. He holds three Master’s degrees in Public Health from the University of Venda, Masters of Science in Medicine and Specialist in community dentistry from the University of Witwatersrand, and a PhD in Public Health from the University of Pretoria. His research interests are on health systems, policy and traditional medicine and HIV.
Professor Mbulaheni Simon Nemutandani is the Head and CEO of the School of Oral Health Sciences at the University of Witwatersrand. He is also the Chairperson of the Association of Deans of Dental Schools in Southern Africa. He explored a de-colonisation model for collaboration between indigenous and western trained health providers in post-colonial South Africa. In his role as a policy and public oral health specialist, he has been instrumental in developing the South African Oral Health Policy, providing advice on oral health matters to National and Provincial governments in South Africa.
Dr Sobuwa graduated with a National Diploma in Emergency Medical Care, a Bachelor of Technology in Emergency Medical Care and Higher Diploma in Higher Education and Training from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. Dr Sobuwa holds a Master of Science and a PhD degree in Emergency Medicine from the University of Cape Town.
Dr Simpiwe Sobuwa is the Head of Department for the Emergency Medical Care and Rescue at the Durban University of Technology. He is the immediate outgoing director of the Emergency Care Society of South Africa where he served on the Executive Committee. He served as a Board member in the previous term of office as the Vice-Chairperson of the Professional Board for Emergency Care of the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) and the Chairperson of the ICT Steering Committee of the HPCSA (2015 – 2021).