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Online Conference: GIBS/PPS healthcare industry insights 2021

​An online event like no other as we grapple with not only prognosis, but treatment.


Battered and bruised – the world and its people took a beating from an indiscriminate virus that has wreaked havoc on economies and lives. 

For some time, South Africa has been grappling with health issues, but the pandemic has placed healthcare squarely at the forefront in all of our altered lives. The complexity of this multifaceted sector requires us to respond and resolve differently, to collaborate and co-operate for the greater good. 

It is a harsh reality that of the over one billion doses of vaccines required for various preventable diseases, only 1% are manufactured on the continent. Vaccine inequity, higher prices, stockpiling by wealthy countries pose an ethical and very real dilemma. What have we learnt about our healthcare systems, capacity and capabilities, and more importantly, what’s the plan? What are we going to take away from our newly gained knowledge and insight, and how does it translate into a better quality of life for all?

Dates: 30, 31 August; 1, 2 September 2021

Time: 16:00 to 17:30

Four afternoons consisting of a 90-minute online session

Moderator: Dr Evangelos (Angelo) Apostoleris, GIBS MBA alumni, specialist urologist and clinical consultant for Life Healthcare. 

Speakers confirmed to date:

  • Prof Salim Abdool Karim, CAPRISA Director, Professor at both UKZN and Columbia University in the US. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Abdool Karim was chosen to lead a 45-person ministerial advisory committee;
  • Dr Morena Makhoana, CEO, Biovac;
  • Stephen Saad, group chief executive, Aspen Pharmacare Holdings Limited;
  • Dr Ryan Noach, CEO, Discovery Health;
  • Peter Wharton-Hood, Group CEO, Life Healthcare Group Holdings Ltd;
  • Dr Nicholas Crisp, deputy director general: National Health Insurance, National Department of Health;
  • Professor Shabir Madhi, Dean: Faculty of Health Sciences, Wits, Professor of Vaccinology;
  • Dr Katlego Mothudi, managing director, Board of Healthcare Funders;
  • Dr Boitumelo Semete-Makokotlela, CEO, South African Health Product Regulatory Authority (Sahpra);
  • Prof Bonginkozi Chiliza, president, SA Society of Psychiatrists;
  • Professor Eric Buch, professor of health policy and management in the School of Health Systems and Public Health at the University of Pretoria (UP);
  • Prof John McKnight, Partner, Spoor and Fisher;
  • Prof Wanda Markotter, member, One Health High-Level Expert Panel, director, Centre for Viral Zoonoses, Department of Medical Virology, School of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Pretoria;
  • Varsha Vala, executive: Managed Care and Digital Health, PPS Healthcare Administrators;
  • Dr Chris G. Mathew, health informatics officer, Netcare Limited; and
  • Elsabé Klinck, managing director, Elsabé Klinck & Associates.

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