The Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) has announced the appointment of Dr Buyiswa Mjamba-Matshoba as its new Registrar and Chief Executive Officer with effect from 1 May 2012.
Dr Mjamba-Matshoba takes over the post from Acting Registrar and CEO, Dr Kgosi Letlape, who has steered the HPCSA in the last few months while the selection process was underway.
Well-known in the medical industry, Dr Mjamba-Matshoba was previously the General Manager/Chief Director of the Eastern Cape Department of Health, a position she served in since 2002. She also held the post of General Manager: Quality Health Care Assurance Systems at the Eastern Cape Department of Health.
Before that she was Chief Superintendent at the East London Hospital Complex (which included the Frere and Cecilia Makhiwane Hospitals).
President of the HPCSA, Professor Sam Mokgokong, welcomed Dr Mjamba-Matshoba to her new position: "We are ecstatic at being able to secure someone like Dr Mjamba-Matshoba to lead the HPCSA into the future.
"Right now South African healthcare professionals face an immense number of challenges and opportunities, and we feel she is the right person to lead the HPCSA forward."
Dr Mjamba-Matshoba said she was looking forward to the challenge posed in the new position.
"There is no doubt that the HPCSA stands at the dawn of a challenging and exciting time in the healthcare field, and I am looking forward to ensuring that the HPCSA fulfills its mandate of protecting the public and guiding the professions."
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