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Board of Trustees

 

The Board of Trustees is responsible for providing guidance on the scheme's strategic direction, overseeing the implementation of the strategic plan by the scheme’s management and managing the organisation’s risk. 

The Board of Trustees exercises its powers and performs its duties, as documented in the Rules governing the scheme.

The Board of Trustees also deliberate on matters relating to the scheme's benefits and contributions. The Board of Trustees consists of 12 individuals who are considered ‘fit and proper’ people to sit on the Board.

Fifty percent of the trustees are elected by the scheme’s members through a ballot process, while the remaining fifty percent are appointed by the Minister for Public Service and Administration.

Chairperson
Dr Sebayitseng Millicent Hlatshwayo
Deputy Chairperson
Mr Mpfariseni Erasmus Phophi

Dr Esthras Confidence Moloko

Dr Izak Jacobus Van Zyl

Dr Josef Adriaan Breed

Dr Nomzamo Tutu

Mr Jan Stephanus Roux

Mr Lekgema Mankge

Mr Marthinus Brand

Mr Nkosinathi Theledi

Mr Rakgama Andries Manoko

Ms Constence Ntshane

Executive Committee

Principal Officer

Dr Stan Moloabi

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Who is Dr Stan Moloabi?

Dr Stan is a qualified Medical Practitioner registered with the HPCSA.

He obtained his primary medical degree – MBChB at the then Medical University of Southern Africa (MEDUNSA) now known as Sefako Makgato University (SMU). His other qualifications are a Diploma in Business Management with Damelin Management School, a Certificate in HIV Management, attended an Advanced Certificate in Private Health Sector Funding from Continuing Education at Pretoria University. He also studied towards a Masters in Family Medicine passing his coursework final exams with Wits. He is a member of the Institute of Directors of South Africa (IODSA). He also completed a Global Health Delivery (Universal Healthcare) online course with Harvard University in 2018.

He started his Medical career as a General Practitioner successfully running a Clinical private practice or 13 years. He joined the Corporate Sector in August 2005. He worked at Medscheme occupying the positions of Medical Advisor, Senior Manager Hospital Benefit Management, and Senior Manager Client Liaison for the GEMS account and served as a member of the Managed Care division Exco. He then joined GEMS as the Executive of Healthcare Management where he also served as an Acting Principal Officer for a period of a year. He left GEMS to become the Principal Officer of Medshield Medical Scheme one of the top ten Open Medical Schemes registered in South Africa, a position he held until 15 May 2018.

Currently he is the Principal Officer of the Government Employees Medical Scheme, the second biggest medical scheme registered in South Africa, a position he took up from 1 June 2018. He attended a course in Leading in Health Systems: Integrating Effort, Improving Outcomes at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Executive and Continuing Professional Education in Boston, USA.

Chief Research Officer

Dr Selaelo Mametja

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Who is Dr Selaelo Mametja?

Dr Selaelo Mametja brings to her role as GEMS Chief Research Officer core strengths in public health, health economics, management, health law and policy; the medical aid industry, bioethics and pharmacoeconomics. 

She holds a Masters in Medicine Degree in Public Health from University of Cape Town (UCT), a Certificate in Business Management from Unisa and a Bachelor of Surgery degree from the University of the Witwatersrand. Postgraduate Diplomas in occupational health and health management, both from UCT, complete her academic portfolio. She lectures in public health at various universities.

Dr Mametja comes to GEMS from the South African Medical Association, where she was head of knowledge management and research for five years. Before that, she was a health economist with the Council for Medical Schemes, developing and prioritising mandatory healthcare. 

A member of several professional bodies, including the Health Professions Council of South Africa and the General Medical Council, she is also a fellow of the College of Public Health Medicine of South Africa. Her expertise has led to several ministerial appointments over the years including working groups of the World Medical Association and the local chapter of the UNESCO Bioethics Committee.

In her new capacity, Dr Mametja will oversee product development, knowledge management and actuarial and analytical services, reinforcing the Scheme’s competitiveness through innovative research and development programmes.

Chief Corporate Services Officer

Dr Samuel Lewatle

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Who is Dr Samuel Lewatle?

Experienced Executive with a demonstrated history of working in private and public sector organizations and managing own management consulting business. Founder and former director of a Non-Government Organization (NGO). Sam has worked and managed extensively internationally in East, West and Southern Africa. He has attended training and exposure in management and leadership in countries such as USA, UK, Germany and France. Appointed on a consulting basis to lead as a chief negotiator for the Communication Workers Union (CWU) in the wage negotiations, in the telecom sector.

 

Skilled in Strategic Management, Human Resources Management, Industrial/ Labour Relations, Business and Executive Coaching, Business Consulting, Black Economic Empowerment, Business Management, Driving and leading Transformation, Strategic Implementation and Execution, Leadership, Operational Management, Product Education and Knowledge Training, Travel Management, Strategic Supply Chain Management (Procurement), Customer Services, Policy Formulation and Implementation and Facilities Management (FM). Key strong capabilities around strategy implementation /execution, building high performing teams and driving transformation.

 

Member of the Executive committee, member of the Scheme Policy Forum, serves in the Board of Trustees sub committees (Human Resources and Remuneration, Risk and Social Ethics and Finance and Investment), member of the Project Steering Committee ( Insourcing / Building of Internal Capabilities) and in the Board as part of the Executive team. Over 20 years in management and top leadership positions.

 

Sam holds a National Teaching Diploma, Post Graduate Certificate in Executive Leadership, Certificates in Executive Coaching and Leadership and a Master in Business Administration (MBA) degree. A Certificate in Trustee Training programme with Wits Business SchoolStrong business development professional with a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) degree, specialising in Human Resources Management from LIGS University, USA. Sam dissertation and thesis defense paper titled Alignment of Performance Management and Business Strategy within the Government Employees Medical Scheme (GEMS) in South Africa achieved a Grade/ Credit: 9/ A (Excellent) rating. In 2018, Sam participated and presented a research paper in the International Doctoral Conference on New Challenges in Global Economy organised by LIGS University. Sam has published three (3) research articles in Human Resources, Strategic Management and Planning and Development in international research journals.

 

Registered with the South African Board for People Practice as a Master Human Resources Practitioner (SABPP), Member of the Institute of Directors Southern Africa (IODSA), Accredited and Certified as a Human Resources Auditor by the South African Board for People Practice (SABPP), Coaching Mentors of South Africa (COMENSA) and a Member of the Institute of People Management (IPM).

Chief Audit Executive

Mr Molapo Masekoameng

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Who is Mr Molapo Masekoameng?

Mr Molapo Masekoameng joined the Scheme in August 2014. He holds a B Tech Degree in Internal Auditing (UNISA), diploma in Treasury Management and Trade Finance (Institute of Bankers), International Executive Development Programme (Wits Business School) and is accredited by the Institute of Internal Auditors as a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) and Certified Financial Services Auditor (CFSA).

Prior to joining GEMS, Mr Masekoameng worked as the Regional Internal Audit Director for Barclays Internal Audit - Southern Africa, overseeing internal audit services for Botswana; Mozambique; Tanzania; Zambia and Zimbabwe and most recently as Head of Internal Audit, Barclays Shared Services Africa. Other career highlights include more than two years experience as the Chief Operating Officer of Absa Internal Audit and two-year tenure as Head of Audit for Absa Retail Banking. Mr Masekoameng is responsible for the Scheme's internal audit activity.

Chief Information Officer

Ms Gloria Nkadimeng

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Who is Ms Gloria Nkadimeng?

Ms Nkadimeng holds an MSc Degree in Information Management Systems, International Programme in Personnel, Certificate in Systems Analysis and Design and Certificate in Business Management. 

Before joining GEMS, she worked as a Group Head Information and Communication Technology and Information Management for the City of Johannesburg. 

Career highlights:

  • Business Manager Support and Public Sector Services Executive for GIjima
  • Enterprise Strategy Consultant at Microsoft SA
  • General Information Management at the City of Tshwane
  • Divisional Head IT at the NIA and SASS.

She successfully implemented SAP at the City of Tshwane and was nominated as the Top Public Sector Chief Information Officer for the Black ICT Achievers Awards 2005 and top performing section 57 employee at the City of Tshwane.

Chief Marketing Officer

Dr Phumelela Dhlomo

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Who is Dr Phumelela Dhlomo?

Seasoned communications and marketing professional Dr Phumi Dhlomo has joined the Government Employees Medical Scheme (GEMS) as Chief Marketing Officer, with effect from 1 July 2019.

A member of the International Association of Business Communicators, the Marketing Association of South Africa and the Public Relations Institute of South Africa, Dr Phumi brings a wealth of experience to GEMS. He comes to the Scheme after several successful years at the Road Accident Fund, where he was also Chief Marketing Officer. 

Over a career spanning more than 24 years, Dr Phumi has served as head of marketing services at Eskom Holdings and has held senior marketing positions at South African Tourism, South African National Parks and Alexander Forbes, among others.

Among many formal qualifications Dr Phumi has a Master of Business Administration from Milpark Business School and a Master of Commerce degree from the University of South Africa.

Chief Healthcare Officer

Dr Vuyokazi Gqola

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Who is Dr Vuyokazi Gqola?

Dr Vuyo Gqola is a registered medical practitioner with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA). She holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBChB) from the University of Cape Town, a BSc and BSc (Hons) degree in Microbiology from the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Dr Gqola has worked at various health institutions in the state sector, with particular experience in paediatrics and HIV management. She worked at Medscheme Holdings as a Senior Specialist: GEMS Medical Advisor since 2010, until her appointment as GEMS Executive: Healthcare Management in September 2015.

She heads the Scheme’s Healthcare Management Division, which is responsible for managed care services, disease risk and medicine management, healthcare networks, provider relations, tariffs and billing (including tariff negotiations), and healthcare strategic purchasing.

Company Secretary & Legal Counsel

Mr Evan Theys

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Who is Mr Evan Theys?

Evan Theys joined GEMS on 1 February 2018 as Company Secretary and Legal Counsel. He has a BA LLB from University of Western Cape, LLM and Postgraduate Diploma in Tax Law from UCT and an MBA from Stellenbosch University.  He is an admitted attorney with experience in the life insurance industry and as a Company Secretary, and has been in various sectors of the medical schemes industry for the past 16 years.

Chief Compliance Officer

Ms Jeannie Combrink

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Who is Ms Jeannie Combrink?

Ms Combrink holds a BA degree in State Administration, Human Resource Management, Public Administration and Political Science as well as a BA Hons in Public Administration.

Career highlights:

  • Deputy Director: Conditions of Service in the Department of Public Service and Administration.
  • Serving on the Public Service Commission from 1993 to 1999.
  • Part of the team that implemented PERSAL across the public service.

She was part of the team tasked with establishing GEMS and formally became a Scheme employee in 2006.

Ms Combrink is responsible for managing the Scheme's corporate governance functions, including the provision of support to the Board of Trustees and Committees.  She is also responsible for ensuring compliance with the regulatory framework applicable to the Scheme and the Scheme's stakeholder management function.

Chief Administration Officer

Ms Veni Singh

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Who is Ms Veni Singh?

Ms Veni Singh holds an MBA, MAP, diplomas in human resources management, training, business law and strategy, underpinned by clinical qualifications.

She has extensive experience in both private and public institutions, having been in the healthcare industry for more than three decades, two thirds of which was spent in the medical scheme sector. Her executive roles have included General Manager Strategic Managed Care for GEMS, Head of Health Risk Management and Operations at Momentum Health.
 
In February 2018, she joined GEMS as a Healthcare Strategist delivering strategies in line with NHI. She was appointed Chief Administration Officer in November 2018, in which capacity she is responsible for managing and providing strategy and leadership in administration and transaction services.

Chief Financial Officer

Ms Karyna Pierce

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Who is Ms Karyna Pierce?

She qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2004 and completed a senior management course at the University of Pretoria.  

Career highlights include:

  • A five-year tenure as Head of Finance at the Competition Commission where she obtained the award for Middle Manager of the Year in 2006.

She joined GEMS in 2007 and was instrumental in placing the Scheme's financial management function on a sound footing.

She is responsible for the implementation and processing of financial, accounting and administrative requirements as well as the management of Scheme finances.  She also oversees all procurement, audit as well as actuarial activities of the Scheme.

Chief Operations Officer

Position Vacant

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This Position is currently Vacant
Principal Officer

Dr Stan Moloabi

Chief Research Officer

Dr Selaelo Mametja

Chief Corporate Services Officer

Dr Samuel Lewatle

Chief Audit Executive

Mr Molapo Masekoameng

Chief Information Officer

Ms Gloria Nkadimeng

Chief Marketing Officer

Dr Phumelela Dhlomo

Chief Healthcare Officer

Dr Vuyokazi Gqola

Company Secretary & Legal Counsel

Mr Evan Theys

Chief Compliance Officer

Ms Jeannie Combrink

Chief Administration Officer

Ms Veni Singh

Chief Financial Officer

Ms Karyna Pierce

Chief Operations Officer

Position Vacant