THE SAHPRA BOARD

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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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Dr Obakeng Khaole

Vice Chairperson

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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).

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Ms Ditaba Lucy Maraka

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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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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 Xolani Khayelihle Ngobese

Dr Xolani Khayelihle Ngobese is a registered (M. inst. Directors) and an affiliate member of the Chartered Institute for Procurement and Supply (CIPS). Dr Ngobese serves on various boards with over 20 years of experience in governance, performance planning, strategic planning, performance reporting, monitoring and evaluation, policy development, risk management, business development, programme management, project management, procurement and management consulting. He is currently a board member for the Council of Medical Schemes (CMS), a panel member for the National Skills Authority (NSA) tasked to oversee SETA performance and planning and presently a board member for the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA).

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Additionally, Dr Ngobese holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Management College of Southern Africa and a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in management sciences specialising in business administration achieved at the Durban University of Technology and presently completing his Post Graduate Diploma in Supply Chain Management at Regent Business School.

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Ms Lerato Harriette Mothae

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Prof. Joyce Tsoka-Gwegweni

Professor Tsoka-Gwegweni is the current Vice-Dean for Research in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of the Free State (UFS). Prior to joining UFS, she served as the Acting Dean for the School of Nursing and Public Health at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN). Her other previous leadership and management positions include Deputy Dean of the Nelson Mandela Medical School and Acting Head of the Department of Public Health Medicine at UKZN; Content Advisor for the Portfolio Committee on Health in the National Assembly, Parliament of the Republic of South Africa; and Research Manager at the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC).

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She is currently the Chairperson of the UFS Faculty Research and Postgraduate Committee. Previously she was the Chairperson of the Biomedical Research Ethics Committee, and Chairperson of the respective Executive Management and Board of the School of Nursing and Public Health at UKZN. She is also a member of research and scientific review and advisory committees that include the Free State Health Provincial Health Research Committee, the National Health Research Committee, Scientific Sub-Committee of the DSI-NRF Centre of Excellence for Food Security, Neglected Tropical Diseases Advisory Forum for the National Department of Health, Office of Health Standards Compliance (OHSC) Scientific and Research Technical Task Team, and Sub-Committee for Research of the South African Committee of Medical Deans.

Prof Tsoka-Gwegweni is an established academic and scientist with more than 27 years of public health research experience and expertise. She concurrently holds positions of an Associate Professor at UFS and Honorary Professor of Public Health at UKZN. Previously she occupied positions of a Senior Scientist and Scientist at the SAMRC. Prof Tsoka-Gwegweni holds a range of qualifications in Public Health, Social and Biological Sciences that include a PhD from UKZN; a Master of Public Health from the University of the Western Cape; a Master of Science from UKZN; a Bachelor of Arts Honours from UNISA; a Bachelor of Science Honours from Reading University, UK; and a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Research Ethics; as well as leadership and management qualifications.