THE SAHPRA BOARD

Prof-Helen-Rees-

Prof Helen Rees

Chairperson

Prof Helen Rees holds the following qualifications: GCOB, OBE, MB BChir, MA (CANTAB), MRCGP, DCH, DRCOG She is the Chairperson of the Board of the newly established SAHPRA. Prof Rees is also the Executive Director of the University of Witwatersrand’s Reproductive Health and HIV Institute (Wits RHI) where she is serves as a Personal Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Co-Director of Wits University’s Flagship Centre for Vaccinology (ALIVE). She is an Honorary Professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and a member of their Visiting Committee. Professor Rees has been involved in medicines regulation for many years. She was appointed to the Medicines Control Council in 1995 and chaired the Council from 1997 until 2001. During that time, she also chaired the MCC’s Clinical Trial Committee and the Pharmacovigilance Committee.

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From 2013 to 2015, she chaired the SAHPRA Transitional Task Team responsible for finalising the new SAHPRA legislation and in 2015 was again appointed as Chair of the MCC. She has served on numerous national and international structures relating to medicines regulation and clinical research. Professor Rees is known for her global
expertise in HIV prevention, reproductive health and vaccines. She has over 200 publications, has delivered over 200 plenary and keynote addresses, has chaired over 100 national and international scientific and policy committees, and served at or chaired more than 100 conferences.

 

Prof Rees has received many national and international awards for her contribution to global health. She was made an Officer of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II, and was awarded one of South Africa’s highest awards, the Order of the Baobab, for her contribution to the South African health sector. She received Lifetime and Gold achievement awards for her distinguished contribution to science, global health and women’s health by the South African Academy of Science, the South African Medical Association, the South African Department of Science and Technology, BHP Billiton and the Oppenheimer Foundation.

 

She received the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine’s International Heath Clark Lecturer award as an outstanding global health practitioner. She also received a lifetime achievement award from the African NGO Amanitare, for her contribution to African women and children’s health and rights.

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Ms. Mandisa Hela

Vice Chairperson

Ms. Mandisa Hela has extensive experience in medicine regulation and pharmaceutical policy development and implementation. She actively promoted the introduction and implementation of the Essential Medicines Programme in South Africa. She is a former Registrar of the MCC and the mandate of the regulator was expanded under her leadership to include all medicines and medical devices. She is passionate about access to medicines and currently serves as a trustee of the Health Systems Trust. She is a pharmacist and holds a Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Hawaii.

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Ms. Mandisa Hela has extensive experience in medicine regulation and pharmaceutical policy development and implementation. She actively promoted the introduction and implementation of the Essential Medicines Programme in South Africa. She is a former Registrar of the MCC and the mandate of the regulator was expanded under her leadership to include all medicines and medical devices. She is passionate about access to medicines and currently serves as a trustee of the Health Systems Trust. She is a pharmacist and holds a Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Hawaii.

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Mr Itani Elias Mashau

Mr Itani Elias Mashau is a pharmacist by profession. He owns a community pharmacy in Olifantsfontein. He worked in various pharmacy environments: hospital, industrial and community. His Qualifications are Bpharm, Dip Prod Management (Cum Laude), Diploma in Quality Management and Quality Assurance, Master of Business Admin. Certificates in Production management, ISO 9000, GMP and GCP.

 

He has held positions as Section Head, Clinical Research Associate, International Clinical Research Operations (ICRO) Manager and Director of Clinical, Medical, Regulatory, Quality and Pharmacovigilance departments.

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He is results driven as evident from his achievements: Won Employee of the year: 2007 (Pharmaceutical Industry); Improved South Africa’s Clinical Research department global KPIs in first year as ICRO- Manager from ranking 40/44 to 22/44.

 

Successively obtained index 120 (Exceed target 2006-2013) for clinical trial Balance Score Card (BSC).

 

He was a member of the senior management team that won the Delloite and Touche Best Company to work for in 2013 (Pharmaceutical).

Dr-Ushma-Mehta-

Dr Ushma Mehta

Dr Mehta has been involved in medicines regulation since 1996. She started her career as the manager of the National Adverse Drug Event Monitoring Centre and has assisted WHO in developing regulatory and programmatic pharmacovigilance systems in several countries. She completed her Doctor of Public Health degree in Australia focusing on the development of pharmacovigilance systems within public health programmes. She is currently a senior researcher at the Centre for Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Research at the University of Cape Town’s School of Public Health and Family Medicine, supporting the creation of a pregnancy exposure registry as well other surveillance systems aimed at assessing the safety of health products.

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Dr Mehta has been involved in medicines regulation since 1996. She started her career as the manager of the National Adverse Drug Event Monitoring Centre and has assisted WHO in developing regulatory and programmatic pharmacovigilance systems in several countries. She completed her Doctor of Public Health degree in Australia focusing on the development of pharmacovigilance systems within public health programmes. She is currently a senior researcher at the Centre for Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Research at the University of Cape Town’s School of Public Health and Family Medicine, supporting the creation of a pregnancy exposure registry as well other surveillance systems aimed at assessing the safety of health products.

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Prof Patrick Hulisani Demana

Prof Patrick Hulisani Demana is currently Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research, Postgraduate Studies and Innovation at Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University (SMU) since September 2019. He joined SMU as the Dean of School of Pharmacy in October 2018. Prior to this, he was a Full Professor and Head of Department of Pharmacy at the University of Limpopo (Turfloop). Prof Demana has worked as a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Pharmacy at Tshwane University of Technology, and also as a Lecturer at the University of Witwatersrand. Apart from academia, he has industrial pharmaceutical experience as he has worked in a number of companies such as Aspen, Sanofi-Aventis, MSD, Be-tabs, and Alliance Pharmaceuticals mainly as a production/manufacturing pharmacist.  He has published widely in the field of pharmaceutics in reputable international peer-reviewed journals specialising in novel drug delivery systems and nanotechnology. He previously received an NRF rating (Y2 research category).

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He is currently the Chairperson of the Heads of Schools of Pharmacy under the auspices of South African Pharmacy Council (SAPC), a Task Team Member for SAPC for both Pre-Registration and Professional Exams, Expert Member for SAPC in Pharmaceutics for BPharm accreditation, a Moderator/Examiner for SAPC for Pre-registration and Professional exams, a Member of PSSA, a Member of SAAPI, Task Team Member for the Council on High Education (CHE) for BPharm programme, and Member of the Board of Trustees of SMU Retirement Fund.

 

Prof Demana is a past recipient of the Upjohn Outstanding Young Scientist Award from APSSA. He was a member of Pharmaceutical & Analytical (P&A) Committee of the Medicines Control Council (MCC) for 7 years.  Prof Demana holds BSc (Hons) (Pharmacy) degree from Liverpool John Moores University (UK), MSc (Pharmaceutics) from Rhodes University, and PhD (Pharmaceutics) from University of Otago (NZ).

 

He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the area of drug discovery and development at Emory University (USA) under the tutelage of Prof Dennis Liotta who is the inventor of emtricitabine and zidovudine. Prof Demana currently holds a patent as a co-inventor in medicated chewing gum formulation, and another patent is currently under review in the field of traditional plant remedies. 

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Adv Hasina Cassim

After completing her BPharm degree in 1990, Adv Cassim pursued studies in pharmaco-economics (pharmaco-epidemiology, Newcastle University Australia) and completed an executive leadership programme through Oxford’s Said School of Business. She also served on several representative fora such as the PSSA, the PCMA and the Council of Medical Scheme’s committee for the development of algorithms for the PMB-CDL conditions. After completing a certificate course in Medicine and Law through Unisa, she continued with her studies in law and completed her LLB in 2011. In 2015, Adv Cassim joined the Johannesburg Bar having passed the Bar exam for advocates and is an admitted Advocate of the High Court and a qualified mediator.

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She has served in various positions in the health sector including hospitals, the pharmaceutical sector, managed healthcare, risk management and as a consultant. Adv Cassim also serves on the Department of Health’s Pricing Committee and has recently been appointed to the SAHPRA board.

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Prof Jeffrey Mphahlele

Prof Mphahlele holds the following qualifications: PhD, MSc, BSc Med Hons, BSc, and MASSAf). He has been the Vice President for Research at the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) since October 2014. Prof Mphahlele has served on numerous boards and governance structures he also serves on ministerial-appointed committees of the National Department of Health, including the National Advisory Group on Immunisation (NAGI), the South African National Task Force (NTF) for Laboratory Containment of Wild Poliovirus and Potential Infectious Materials and the National Certification Committee on Polio Eradication (NCC).

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He is a member of the WHO Scientific Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) on Polio Working Group. Prof Mphahlele is a member of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), a Co-Director of the SAMRC/Diarrhoeal Pathogens Research Unit, a WHO Rotavirus Regional Reference Laboratory for Africa. Previous services include those as Professor and Academic Chair of the Department of Virology, National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS) at the University of Limpopo and Head of the South African Vaccination and Immunisation Centre (SAVIC) at the same institution.

 

Prof Mphahlele’s research interests in prevention and control of human viral diseases cover a wide range of topics, including viral hepatitis, gastrointestinal viral infections, human papillomaviruses, molecular epidemiology of HIV,
genomics of infectious diseases, vaccination control of hepatitis B, rotavirus and HPV, and strengthening immunisation services and policies. He is actively involved in developing the next generation of scientists, and to date has trained, supervised and mentored several PhD and Master students. He published widely and achieved a C1 NRF rating.

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Prof Ames Dhai

Prof Dhai holds the following qualifications: PhD, MBChB, FCOG, LLM and PGDip Int Res Ethics. She is the Director of the Steve Biko Centre for Bioethics, which she established in 2007. Prof Dhai has served on several policy-making bodies in the country, including being a past president of the South African Medical Association and serving two terms as Deputy Chair of the National Health Research Ethics Council. She also serves regularly as a consultant/expert advisor for WHO, and is on the WHO’s African Advisory Committee for Health Research. She served on the World Medical Association’s (WMA) Working Groups on international policy development and has been pivotal in bringing the African voice to The Declaration of Taipei on Health Databases and Biobanks and the current Declaration of Helsinki.

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Other appointments include those as member of the Ministerial Advisory Committee for Medical Litigation, the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Unrelated Organ Transplants, the National Commission for the Lancet Commission on Global Health, the ASSAf Panel on Genetics and Genomics: ELSI and the DST/MRC Genomic and
Precision Medicine Think Tank. She is Editor-in-Chief of the South African Journal of Bioethics and Law and an Associate Editor of the South African Medical Journal. Prof Dhai can be credited with entrenching bioethics as an integral aspect of health sciences at the Wits Faculty of Health Sciences and further afield in SA. She supervises a number of students in the Bioethics and Health Law postgraduate programs, serves as external and internal examiner and has published widely in the field.

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Dr Thapelo Montgomery Motshudi

Dr Motshudi is a co-founder and managing partner of two private radiology practices based in Gauteng. He completed his undergraduate medical degree at the University of Pretoria, and he qualified as a diagnostic radiologist from the University of the Witwatersrand and The Colleges of Medicine of South Africa. Prior to studying radiology, he spent a few months as a registrar in nuclear medicine at Steve Biko Academic Hospital. In addition to clinical practice, he is also the Chairperson of the Board of the National Nuclear Regulator (NNR). Dr Motshudi has a special interest in radiation protection and has completed a course in radiation protection in medical applications in Madrid, Spain.

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Dr Motshudi is a co-founder and managing partner of two private radiology practices based in Gauteng. He completed his undergraduate medical degree at the University of Pretoria, and he qualified as a diagnostic radiologist from the University of the Witwatersrand and The Colleges of Medicine of South Africa. Prior to studying radiology, he spent a few months as a registrar in nuclear medicine at Steve Biko Academic Hospital. In addition to clinical practice, he is also the Chairperson of the Board of the National Nuclear Regulator (NNR). Dr Motshudi has a special interest in radiation protection and has completed a course in radiation protection in medical applications in Madrid, Spain.

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Mr Tinyiko Norman Baloyi

Mr Baloyi holds numerous qualifications in Commence, Business and Management, Science, Technology and Engineering as well as in IT. He has extensive knowledge, education, experience and expertise in research and the finance sector. He has filled positions such as Chief Operations Officer, Executive Director, General Manager, Director, and Senior Manager in a number of organisations in South Africa. He is qualified in commerce, business, engineering, and management. His skills set includes but are not limited to accounting, financial management, development finance, human resources, investment, information technology, auditing and risk management. His extensive experience as a member of the board of directors of various companies gives him corporate governance clout.

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Mr Baloyi holds numerous qualifications in Commence, Business and Management, Science, Technology and Engineering as well as in IT. He has extensive knowledge, education, experience and expertise in research and the finance sector. He has filled positions such as Chief Operations Officer, Executive Director, General Manager, Director, and Senior Manager in a number of organisations in South Africa. He is qualified in commerce, business, engineering, and management. His skills set includes but are not limited to accounting, financial management, development finance, human resources, investment, information technology, auditing and risk management. His extensive experience as a member of the board of directors of various companies gives him corporate governance clout.

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Dr E N Madela-Mntla

Dr Madela-Mntla is an academic and independent consultant on transdisciplinary research, health management, medicines regulatory affairs and mental health. She holds a doctoral degree in Mental Health Nursing and a year course in Research Methodology from the University of Johannesburg, in addition to numerous qualifications in various healthcare and management fields. She has vast experience in South Africa’s public health systems and policies, including research, as well as in the academic context. She served as the Data Champion for the Gauteng Mental Health Relocation Project of the previous Life Esidimeni patients, consultant to the National Department of Health, and Regional Director of the International Council for Science (ICSU), heading its Regional Office for Africa (ROA). 

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One of the highlights of her career was driving the establishment of the Future Earth initiative in Africa, which has finally seen two coordinating offices being launched in two countries on the continent (S.A. and Rwanda). Prior to this role, she served as the Executive Manager for Human Capital Management and Development of the South African Medical Research Council, Director for Mental Health and Substance Abuse at the National Department of Health, lecturer in Departments of Family Medicine (postgraduate) and Nursing (undergraduate) at the then Medical University of Southern Africa (MEDUNSA) and worked as a Psychiatric Nurse Specialist both in a child and adolescent development institute and a provincial tertiary hospital. Apart from serving as a SAHPRA Board Member, she has been the Deputy Chair of the Clinical Trials Committee since 2005 and a member of the National Health Research Committee since 2010, which she has chaired
since 2017.

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Prof Craig Househam

Prof Househam holds the following qualifications: MB ChB University of Cape Town MD University of Cape Town FCP (Paediatrics) SA Colleges of Medicine of South Africa DCH SA Colleges of Medicine of South Africa. He is a specialist paediatrician and holds an honorary professorship from the University of the Free State where he headed the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health until January 1995. Thereafter, he became the Head of the Free State Health Department in February 1995, a post which he held until 2001. In 2002, he was appointed as Head of the Western Cape Department of Health, until his retirement on 31 March 2015.

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During his term of office, health services in the Western Cape underwent significant restructuring with the implementation of Healthcare 2010 by the Western Cape Government. As Head of Health in the Free State and the Western Cape, Prof Househam served on various national and provincial bodies and management structures. Since his retirement, Prof Househam has been contracted by Advanced Health and Deloitte South Africa on a consultant basis, and in addition he has undertaken various other private sector consultant briefs. Prof Househam also served on a national ministerial task team related to hospital performance from 2015 to 2017. From December 2017 to April 2018 he was a member of the intervention task team appointed to assist the management of the Gauteng Department of Health.

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Prof Shabir Banoo

Shabir Banoo holds the position of Chief Technical Specialist and Head: Pharmaceutical Policy and Programmes within Right to Care, a donor-funded non-profit organisation linked to the University of the Witwatersrand. In this role, he oversees Right to Care’s pharmaceutical technical assistance, research and support programmes to ministries of health in South Africa and several African countries. This focus is aimed at strengthening pharmaceutical policy, regulation and governance in public health programmes through implementation of best practices to improve patient management and care, particularly for HIV and related diseases.

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Shabir graduated with a degree in pharmacy from Rhodes University in 1986, later obtaining a doctorate in pharmacology from Rhodes University in 1992. He has previously held senior positions in government as well as in the private and NGO sectors. He has also held positions in academia and research at the University of the Witwatersrand, and at Rhodes University as associate professor of pharmacology. Shabir has worked as a technical consultant for the South African Ministry of Health and has served on a number of advisory panels and task teams on national drug policy, medicine regulation, pharmaceutical pricing and public health. He has actively contributed to the development of national standard treatment guidelines and management policies including those for HIV, TB, maternal, child and woman’s health (MCWH) and malaria programs.

 

Shabir currently serves as a Board member of the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA). He has previously served as a member of the former Medicines Control Council (MCC) of South Africa and on a number of its technical committees and task teams. He has contributed, in this role, to the modernization of the legislative and governance framework for medicine regulation, streamlining procedures and processes for registration, and developing guidelines and policies to support the registration of medicines and regulation of clinical trials. He also serves as a member of the South African National AIDS Council (SANAC) Treatment Technical Task Team. He is also a member  of the Central Drug Authority (CDA) of South Africa and has served on the National Essential Medicines List Committee (NEMLC). Shabir serves on a number of international panels and is regularly called upon as a technical advisor to the World Health Organization (WHO) and other international organisations and programmes.

 

His technical areas of expertise include basic and clinical pharmacology, public health, pharmacoepidemiology and pharmacovigilance, health products and clinical trials regulation, health technology assessment, evidence-based medicine and rational medicine use, and pharmaceutical and commodity security. Advisory panels and task teams on national drug policy, medicine regulation, pharmaceutical pricing and public health. He has actively contributed to the development of national standard treatment guidelines and management policies including those for HIV, TB, maternal, child and woman’s health (MCWH) and malaria programs.

 

His technical areas of expertise include basic and clinical pharmacology, public health, pharmacoepidemiology and pharmacovigilance, health products and clinical trials regulation, health technology assessment, evidence-based medicine and rational medicine use, and pharmaceutical and commodity security.

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Dr Mphane Molefe

Dr Molefe qualified as a veterinarian from the Medical University of Southern Africa in 1995. He did a short stint as a veterinary clinician in private practice in Johannesburg after qualifying and later joined the University of North West as a senior lecturer in Animal Health. He held the position of Head of the Department of Animal Health for a period of 6 years. His professional life in academia included being a member of the faculty board, senate, council, institutional forum, convocation, quality assurance committee and honorary degrees committee. In 2007 he joined government veterinary services at provincial level responsible for veterinary public health. After 6 years, he transferred to the national veterinary office of the
Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and was appointed as Director of Veterinary Public Health in 2017, a position he is still currently occupies.

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Dr Molefe qualified as a veterinarian from the Medical University of Southern Africa in 1995. He did a short stint as a veterinary clinician in private practice in Johannesburg after qualifying and later joined the University of North West as a senior lecturer in Animal Health. He held the position of Head of the Department of Animal Health for a period of 6 years. His professional life in academia included being a member of the faculty board, senate, council, institutional forum, convocation, quality assurance committee and honorary degrees committee. In 2007 he joined government veterinary services at provincial level responsible for veterinary public health. After 6 years, he transferred to the national veterinary office of the
Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and was appointed as Director of Veterinary Public Health in 2017, a position he is still currently occupies.