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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 Nomzamo Tutu

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Who is Dr Nomzamo Tutu?

Dr Tutu is a South African citizen residing in Kwa Zulu Natal. Dr Tutu mostly specialises in both medicine and surgery. Her vast experience in Health and Safety derives from having rendered her services across a range of industry-types, including chemicals, packaging, logistics, rail services, breweries and the wine and food industries. Dr Tutu also previously sat in the Board of Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) where she served in various committees, chairing the Finance and Staff and the Transformation Committees. Dr Tutu also serves as a Commissioner in the KwaZulu Natal Provincial Planning Commission (PPC). She is a GEMS Board Member and serves in the Audit Committee, and Finance & Investment Committee, bringing expertise such as Clinical, Construction, Investments and Property Investments. 

Career Highlights include:

Having attained her qualification in Medicine and Surgery, Dr Tutu worked at King Edward Hospital between years 1995 to 1999 before venturing into a private medical business, which she ran for many years.Whilst working in the private sector space, she opted to pursue a Diploma in Occupational Health qualification because of the exposure to various industries. Her decision was based on the realisation that Workplace Health and Safety was not a matter of choice for industry, but a business imperative.

Her qualifications include:

Dr Tutu studied a Bachelor of Science Degree (BSc) from the University of Zululand, Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) in 1994 from Medunsa, Post Graduate Diploma in Occupational Health (DOH) from the University of Natal and a Post Graduate Diploma in HIV/AIDS Management in the World of Work (PDM) from University of Stellenbosch / Medunsa. Dr Tutu is also a member of the Institute of Directors (IoDSA) and The Ethics Institute (TEI).

Tenure Expires on 29 July 2026

Chairperson
Dr Nomzamo Tutu

Deputy Chairperson

Ms Constence Ntshane

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Who is Mrs Conny Ntshane?

Constance Nkobane Ntshane is a South African citizen staying in Nelspruit. Among her other achievements she has completed her dissertation on the effectiveness of rehabilitation on the correctional services and she also completed a needs analysis survey for the health and social services in Mpumalanga She is a GEMS Board of Trustees Member and serves in the Finance and Investment Committee and Clinical Governance and Administration Committee. Bringing in expertise such as Employee Wellness matters.

 Career Highlights include:

She is working as a Deputy Director at the Department of Health Mpumalanga Provincial Government. 

Mrs Ntshane’s qualifications include:

Mrs Ntshane acquired the following qualifications, BA Hon.: Social Work – UNISA – 2001, Certificates: Gender Excellence – UP, Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) – UP, Employee Wellness Programme – UP. Mrs Ntshane is also a member of the Institute of Directors (IoDSA) and The Ethics Institute (TEI).

Tenure Expires on 24 September 2025

Dr Izak Jacobus Van Zyl

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Who is Dr Kobus Van Zyl?

 Mr Izak van Zyl is a South African citizen living in Parys. A retired Teacher and was elected by GEMS members serve on the GEMS Board of Trustees. He serves in the Risk Social and Ethics Committee and the Human Resources and Remuneration Committee, bringing in his expertise in Labour Relations.

Career Highlight include:

From 1980 – 1990 Dr Kobus van Zyl worked at National Manpower Commission, Research and advice on manpower policy and developed a comprehensive labour strategy for South Africa.  He was the Director of the NMC, from 1985 to 1990. 1991 – 1995:  Department of Labour - Chief Director (Labour Relations) responsible for the administration of the Labour Relations Act, Basic Conditions of Employment Act, Wage Act, Labour Court and Wage Board, from 1996 – 2010:  ArcelorMittal SA – Chief Consultant (Labour Relations).  Design and implement a new strategy and systems for labour relations within the framework of the new (1995) Labour Relations Act. From 2011 he worked as a Private Business and Labour Consultant.

Dr Van Zyl’s qualifications include:

B Mil, Hons B Com (Personnel Management), MBA, PhD (Industrial Economics), Industrial Relations Development Programme.  Dr Van Zyl is a member of the Institute of Directors (IoDSA) and The Ethics Institute (TEI).

Dr Johan Smit

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Who is Dr Johan Smit?

Dr Johan Smit is a South African citizen residing in Limpopo. He qualified as dentist in 1975 at the University of Pretoria (UP). Worked as a temporary dentist at the then Transvaal Provincial Administration (TPA) from June to December 1975. In private practice, he worked at Luton, United Kingdom, during 1976 until end February 1977 and returned to South Africa to work permanently for the TPA as from 1 April 1977. Dr Smit is a GEMS Board of Trustees Member. 

Career Highlights Include:

He was promoted to Senior Superintendent: Dental Services in the Northern Transvaal Region on 1 August 1977. Studied part time post graduate at UP in Public Dental Health and Public Health Administration for the period 1981 to 1984. Both qualifications are registered with the HPCSA. He was promoted to national office of the Department of Health and Welfare in January 1983 as Deputy Director: Preventive and Promotive Dentistry. Promoted to Director in the same office on 1 June 1985. Promoted to Chief Director: Dentistry, internationally known as Chief Dental Officer (CDO), on 1 May 1991. He was nationally responsible for all 6 Oral and Dental Training Hospitals, and all Public Oral Health Services. Due to the new Government, after the democratic elections in 1994 and transfer of the academic Oral and Dental Training Hospitals and Public Oral Health Services (clinical services) from the national Department of Health to the provincial departments of health the Chief Directorate was restructured to become a Directorate (CDO status remained) as from 1 July 1999. He currently serves on the Allied Health Professions Council of South Africa (AHPCSA) and the Professional Board for Dental Assisting, Dental Therapy and Oral Hygiene of the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA).

Dr Smit Qualifications include:

BCHD (Dentistry) UP, DTVG (Dental Public Health) UP and DGA (Public Health Administration) UP.He is a member of the Institute of Directors (IoDSA) and The Ethics Institute (TEI). He is a member of the South African Dental Association (SADA).

 

Mr Pierre Francois De Villiers

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Who is Mr Pierre Francois De Villiers

Chief Education Specialist in the Directorate: Curriculum Delivery and Support (TVET Colleges) in the Department of Higher Education and Training, managing curriculum development and support of Engineering related subjects

Career Highlights: 

Mr Pierre Francois De Villiers has 33 years’ experience in the education sector with extensive experience in Resulting and Certification, and Curriculum Design practises of Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) College students. He was a Chief Education Specialist managing and administering resulting and certification processes of approximately 1 200 000 TVET College students for 11 years.

His experience in Subject Advisory Services range from Senior Education Specialist, First Education Specialist, Principal Education Specialist, Deputy Chief Education Specialist to acting Chief Education Specialist in the Gauteng Department of Education. He has experience in performance management development processes and served as the Chairperson of Primary and Secondary School Governing Bodies.

Qualifications:

Holds a NND (Engineering Studies) from Ekurhuleni West TVET College, Teachers Diploma from the University of Pretoria and a B.Ed. and M.Ed. qualification from the University of Johannesburg. He is a member of the South African Council of Educators (SACE) and the Institute of Directors S Africa (IoDSA).

Ms Precious Lebohang Khumalo

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Who is Ms. Precious Lebohang Khumalo

Ms Precious Lebohang Khumalo is a qualified professional nurse who brings to GEMS core strengths and knowledge in the hospital and health care industry, Project Management, Public Speaking, Healthcare Information Technology, acute care and wound care.

Career Highlights include:

Ms Precious Lebohang Khumlao is currently an Acting Chief Executive Officer at Heidelberg Hospital. She was also a PHC Clinical Practitioner / Acting Operational Manager at Pholosong Hospital with her role focusing on community outreach programmes.

Ms Lebohang Khumalo also worked as a Research Nurse at Wits RHI. She has also worked in Occupational Health assisting with HIV Counselling and Testing during Wellness Days, Conducting Periodic Medical Check-ups, conducting Lung Function Test and Audiometry Tests.

Ms Precious Lebohang Khumalo has served at Ekurhuleni Aids Council from the year 2013 to 2018. She is also the Regional Secretary at Denosa. She is the founding member of COSATU Young Workers Forum. She was responsible for the establishment of Pholosong Hospital Wound Care Management Clinic.

Career Highlights:

She holds a Diploma in Clinical Nursing Science and a Diploma In General Nursing both from Ann Latsky Nursing College. An Advanced Certificate in Project Management from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal and Advance Certificate in Healthcare Management from the Foundation for Professional Development.

Mr Pulane Neville Ndumo

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Who is Mr Neville Ndumo

Mr Neville Ndumo is a South African citizen residing in Pretoria. He is a Chartered Business Accountant in Practice and a member of the Chartered Institute of Business Accountants.  He is also an associate member of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants. He served his articles at Deloitte, Haskins and Sells. Mr Ndumo is a GEMS Board of Trustees Member. He currently serves on the Audit Committee, Risk Social & Ethics Committee and Finance & Investment Committee.

Career Highlights Include:

Mr Ndumo has worked in various capacities in the private sector for over 30 years and has retired as a Group Executive –Portfolio Investments at Community Investment Holdings (Pty)Ltd. He has in the past been on the panel of judges for CEO Magazine’s Excellence in Achievement Awards. He is the immediate past District Treasurer of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa.

Mr Neville Ndumo’s qualification include:

Mr Ndumo holds a Bachelor of Accounting Sciences, Certificate in Taxation, Executive Development Certificate, and Master of Business Leadership. All these qualifications were obtained at UNISA. He is also a member of IODSA (The Institute of Directors in South Africa).

 

Dr Hendrick Pieter Punt

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Mr Alvin Phumudzo Rapea

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Who is Mr Alvin Phumudzo Rapea

Mr. Alvin Phumudzo Rapea is a South African citizen residing in Gauteng. He is the Director of Tshivhambe Trading. He is also a GEMS Board Of Trustee member and currently serves on the Human Resources and Remuneration Committee, Oversight Committee on Strategic Projects and Programmes and lastly the Risk, Social & Ethics Committee.

Career Highlights include:

Mr Rapea has served the National Government of South Africa and State-Owned Companies in the following roles: The Department of Civilian Secretariat for the Police Service, Secretary for the Police Service or Director General. He worked at the Department of Public Service and Administration as a Deputy Director General and Acting Director: General, Special Advisor to the Minister for Public Service and Administration, Human Resource Manager at The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA), Organizational Development Manager at ESKOM and Interim Manager Human Resources at the National Credit Regulator. He worked in the private sector as National Project Manager and Executive Leader at the Business Against Crime South Africa (BACSA), a Consultant at Medscheme and a Partner Corporate Education at Regenesys Business School.

Mr Rapea served as a Board Member in the National Home Builders Registration Council, Public Service Sector Education and Training Authority (PSETA), Gautrain Management Agency (GMA), Mvula Trust and Program for Technical Careers (PROTEC).


Mr Rapea’s qualification include:

Mr Rapea holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the  University of Limpopo, Post Graduate Diploma in Management from Wits Business School, Diploma in Labour Law from Graduate Institute of Management and Technology (GIMT) and Certificate in Executive Coaching from University of Cape Town. He is a member of Institute of Directors (IODSA) and Coaches and Mentors of South Africa (COMENSA).

 

Mr Siyabulela Thomas Tsengiwe

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Ms Constence Ntshane

Dr Izak Jacobus Van Zyl

Dr Johan Smit

Mr Pierre Francois De Villiers

Ms Precious Lebohang Khumalo

Mr Pulane Neville Ndumo

Dr Hendrick Pieter Punt

Mr Alvin Phumudzo Rapea

Mr Siyabulela Thomas Tsengiwe

Executive Committee

Principal Officer

Dr Stan Moloabi

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Who is Dr Stan Moloabi?

Stanley is a qualified Medical Practitioner registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (the HPCSA).

Career highlights include:

 

He started his Medical career as a Medical Officer in the Public Sector then as a Private Family Practitioner, successfully running a Clinical Private Practice for 13 years. He joined the Corporate Sector in August 2005. He worked at Medscheme and served as a member of the Managed Care division Exco. He then joined GEMS as the Executive of Healthcare Management and served as the GEMS Acting Principal Officer for a period of a year. He then left GEMS to assume duties as the Principal Officer of Medshield Medical Scheme one of the top ten Open Medical Schemes by size that are registered in South Africa, a position he held until 15 May 2018.

 

He re-joined GEMS as the Chief Operations Officer from 01 June 2018 until 31 January 2020. GEMS is the second biggest medical scheme and the biggest closed medical scheme registered in South Africa. He is now the Principal Officer of the Government Employees Medical Scheme from 01 February 2020.

 

Dr Stan Moloabi holds the following qualifications:

 

Dr Stan Moloabi obtained his primary medical degree – MBChB at the then Medical University of Southern Africa (MEDUNSA) now known as Sefako Makgato University (SMU). He obtained a Certificate on Global Health Delivery online course from Harvard University. During 2019, he attended and participated in a short course on Leading in Health Systems: Integrating Effort, Improving Outcomes receiving a certificate from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and various other Continuing Professional Development attendance courses.

 

 

Chief Research Officer

Dr Selaelo Mametja

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Who is Dr Selaelo Mametja?

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

Career highlights include:

Dr Mametja oversees product development, knowledge management and actuarial and analytical services, reinforcing the Scheme’s competitiveness through innovative research and development programmes.

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.

Dr Selaelo Mameja holds the following qualifications:

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 Medicine and Surgery degree from the University of the Witwatersrand. Postgraduate Diplomas in Health Management, from UCT, completes her academic portfolio. She lectures in public health, health policy and bioethics & law at various universities.



Chief Corporate Services Officer

Dr Samuel Lewatle

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Who is Dr Samuel Lewatle?

Dr Samuel Lewatle is an experienced Executive with a demonstrated history of working in private and public sector organisations and managing own management consulting business.

Career highlights include:

A teacher by profession, having taught for five (5) years at both the public and private schools in the early 1990’s. Former founder and director of Learning and Achievement Centre (NGO). Sam has worked and managed extensively internationally in countries such as Ghana, Nigeria, DR Congo, Zimbabwe, Sierra Leone, Kenya, Uganda and South Africa. He has travelled and attended training in management and leadership in countries such as USA, UK, Germany and France. Sam has business consulting experience, having advised and participated in the facilitation of the Batho Pele Principles (SAMDI) also in the Wage Negotiations as Chief Negotiator (CWU), strategy / training development in repositioning SASSA during its formation across the country.   

Skilled in Strategic Management, Human Resources Management, Industrial/ Labour Relations, Business and Executive Coaching, Business Consulting, Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment (Transformation), Business Management, Driving and leading Change, Strategic Implementation and Execution, Driving Performance Management as a Business Strategy, Supply Chain Management (Procurement), Policy Formulation and Implementation, Risk and Project Management alignment to strategy, and Facilities Management (FM). Key strong capabilities/ competencies around strategy implementation / transitioning /execution, building high performing teams and driving business and people transformation. 

Member of the Executive committee, 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.

Dr Samuel Lewatle holds the following qualifications:

Dr Samuel Lewatle holds a Master in Business Administration-MBA degree (Oxford Brookes University, UK), National Education Diploma (Kathorus College of Education - RSA), Post Graduate Certificate in Executive Leadership (Vaal University of Technology- RSA), Certificate in Executive and Business Coaching (Milpark Business School- RSA). A Board of Healthcare Funders Trustee Training certificate with Wits Business School (RSA). Strong business development professional with a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) degree, specialising in Human Resources Management from LIGS University, USA. Sam’s dissertation and thesis defense paper titled Alignment of Performance Management and Business Strategy within the Government Employee 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 organized by LIGS University. Sam has published four research articles (4) in Human Resources Management, Strategic Management, Change Management and Planning and Development. In 2020, he completed the Oxford Executive Leadership program (Said Oxford Business School, UK).

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), Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment Association, Africa Supply Chain Management in Action (Ambassador), Accredited and Certified as a Human Resources Auditor by the South African Board for People Practice (SABPP.

Chief Information Officer

Ms Gloria Nkadimeng

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Who is Ms Gloria Nkadimeng?

Prior to joining GEMS, Ms Gloria Nkadimeng was Group Head Information & Communication Technology at the City of Johannesburg, Public Services Business Executive at Gijima, Enterprise Strategy Consultant at Microsoft and General Manager Information Management at the City of Tshwane

Career highlights include:

Currently, Ms Gloria Nkadimeng is charged with providing strategic leadership, vision and direction to the ICT Division in rendering Information and Communication Technology services to GEMS.

Ms Gloria Nkadimeng holds the following Qualifications:

Ms Gloria Nkadimeng holds a Masters Degree in Automated Management Systems acquired in Havana, Cuba. Certificate in Business Management from the Centre for Business Management, UNISA. 

 

Chief Marketing Officer

Dr Phumelela Dhlomo

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Who is Dr Phumelela Dhlomo?

Dr Phumelela Dhlomo is a qualified chartered marketer (CMSA) and brings with more than 20 years’ experience in corporate communication, strategic management and brand communication. He is a member of the International Association of Business Communicators, the Marketing Association of South Africa and the Public Relations Institute of South Africa, Dr Phumelela Dhlomo brings a wealth of experience to GEMS.

Career Highlights

Dr Phumelela Dhlomo’s career has included working with major brands on the African continent and globally in the fast - moving consumer goods, financial services, advertising, retail, tourism and the public sectors. He joined the scheme on 1 July 2019.

Dr Phumelela Dhlomo holds the following qualifications: 

Dr Phumelela Dhlomo holds a PhD CMSA obtained at Da Vinci Institute of Technology, a Master of Business Administration from Milpark Business School and 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 has worked at various State health institutions, with particular experience in Pediatrics and HIV Management. She joined the managed care industry in 2010, and was appointed as GEMS Executive: Healthcare Management in September 2015. She heads the Scheme’s Healthcare Management Division which is responsible for managed care services, including clinical risk management, healthcare networks, provider relations, tariffs and billing, tariff negotiations, and healthcare strategic sourcing.

Career highlights include: 

Dr Vuyokazi Gqola has implemented the Emerald Value Option, which has resulted in improved outcomes and subsequently won the 2019 Board of Healthcare Funders Titanium Award for Creating Access to  HealthCare. Successful annual tariff negotiations from 2015 to date and implemented the GEMS Hospital Network for EVO and Tanzanite One. 

 

 

Dr Vuyo Gqola holds the following qualifications:

BSc (UKZN); BSc Hons Microbiology (UKZN); MBChB (UCT); MBA in Healthcare Leadership (Stellenbosch University); Certificate in Global Health Delivery (Harvard University).

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.

Career highlights include:

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 19 years.

Evan Theys holds the following qualifications:

Evan Theys has a BA LLB from the University of the Western Cape, a LLM and Postgraduate Diploma in Tax Law from the University of Cape Town and a MBA from Stellenbosch University. 

Chief Compliance Officer

Mr Andre Cowley

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Who is Mr. Andre Cowley?

Mr. Cowley has over 20 years of experience in governance, risk management, compliance, strategy, engineering, project management, business intelligence, knowledge management, information management, and organisational restructuring. He has worked in large and multinational organisations as a specialist, senior manager and functional manager, as well as in medical schemes, consulting, manufacturing, construction and engineering, research and development and retail.

Career Highlights include:

  • Managed large and complex capital projects
  • Established and developed various divisions including ICT, Knowledge Management, Business Intelligence, Corporate information center, Risk Management, Ethics, Compliance, Governance and Strategy Management
  • Managed large scale corporate restructuring projects
  • Insourced the GEMS risk management function

 

Mr. Andre Cowley holds the following qualifications:

Bachelors Degree in Engineering; Master Degree in Engineering (University of Stellenbosch)

Certified Risk Management Practitioner; Certified Risk Management Professional (Institute of Risk Management South Africa)

 

Chief Financial Officer

Mrs Karyna Van Lingen

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Who is Mrs Karyna Van Lingen

Mrs Karyna Van Lingen has extensive experience in directing organisational finance, operations and compliance functions.

Career highlights include:

A five-year tenure as Head of Finance at the Competition Commission responsible for Strategic and Business Planning (finance area), People Management, Basic Administration and Compliance, Policy Implementation and Service Delivery.

She joined GEMS in 2007 and is responsible for implementing the Scheme strategy, in particular managing Scheme finances, Scheme investments, implementation and processing of financial, accounting and administrative requirements (inclusive of relevant policies and related compliance matters) as well as directing and oversight of Scheme actuarial work and external audits.

Mrs Karyna Van Lingen holds the following Qualifications:

CA (SA), B Compt, B Compt (HONS), Postgraduate Diploma in Auditing CA(SA), Senior Management Programme – UP, Director membership – IOD, Director membership – Sirdar SA, Member – SAICA – CA (SA)

 

Executive: Office of the Principal Officer

Ms Masingita Chavalala

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Who is Ms Masingita Chavalala?

Ms. Masingita Chavalala has over 17 years’ professional experience gained in both the public and private sector. She started her career as a project consultant for a management consulting firm and has, throughout her career gained a wealth of knowledge in strategy management, project portfolio management, programme management and business integration. She joined GEMS in 2015 as a Senior Manager: Project Management responsible for the establishment and management of the the GEMS Project Management Office (PMO). She was appointed as Executive Manager: Office of the Principal Officer from 01 June 2022 responsible for the oversight, monitoring and delivery of key strategic initiatives whilst supporting the Principal Officer in the management and implementation of the GEMS strategy. Ms Chavalala is a member of the Institute of Directors SA (IoDSA) and is passionate about strategy, governance and service delivery excellence.

Career Highlights

Some of Ms Chavalala's career highlights include, being appointmented as Acting Chief Administration Officer during a vital transition period within GEMS (December 2016 to October 2018). Spearheading the establishment of the GEMS Project Management Office. Part of a team that successfully established a National Government Department after the 2009 National Elections (Economic Development Department which has since merged with the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition).

Ms Masingita Chavalala holds the following qualifications: 

Ms Chavalala holds a Master of Business Administration – MBA (Regent Business School), a Postgraduate Diploma in Programme Management (Cranefield College), Advanced Diploma in Project Management (Cranefield College) and Certificates in Advanced Strategic Management (UNISA). Ms Chavalala has also participated in professional development courses including General Management Programme (GIBS), Organisational Leadership Programme (Harvard Business School) and a Course in Digital Transformation Strategy (UCT).

 

 

 

Chief Audit Executive

Mr Zaahir Elias

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Who is Mr. Zaahir Elias?

Mr. Zaahir Elias is a Qualified Chartered Accountant and a Certified Internal Auditor (SA). He is also a skilled Executive Financial Management Professional with 23 years of experience.13 years of experience in Audit, Risk Management and Forensic Investigations at a Director level, in industries such as chemical, mining, agriculture, transportation and Logistics, Shipping and has extensive experience in the Public Sector. Zaahir’s role has been to provide crucial management advice on reporting, compliance, risk management and internal controls, ensuring the alignment of organisational strategy and resources to an organisation’s vision and governance policy.

Career Highlights include:

  • 1 of only 2 audit clerks to be offered a management appointment post articles
  • Youngest director and service line leader at Nexia-SAB&T
  • One of the first CAE’s to be appointed to the board of a listed company at Omnia Holdings
  • Successfully attained the best assessment from the External Quality Assurance Review process at Omnia and Transnet
  • Spoken at numerous conferences and training events and hosted various internal audit seminars

Mr. Zaahir Elias holds the following qualifications:

  • B.Acc – UKZN
  • Dip.Acc (Honours) – UKZN
  • CA (SA) – SAICA
  • CIA – Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA)
  • Certified Valuer – Charles Hatting Institute
  • Registered Assessor – SAICA
  • Quality Assurance Certification – IIA

Acting Chief Administration Officer

Ms Lusanda Diba

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Who is Ms Lusanda Diba?

Ms Diba is an Industrial Engineering professional, experienced in business optimization and operations management, with particular focus on driving continuous improvement and implementing Total Quality Management and its principles. She joined the healthcare industry in 2010 as GEMS Fund Manager before moving on to join the banking sector medical schemes. Her service within the banking sector medical schemes culminated in her heading up the Client Management (Employer Groups) Division where she led the retention of participating banks whilst also growing the Scheme through new banks joining the medical scheme. She joined GEMS in August 2022 as Senior Manager: Administration and Transaction Services.

Career Highlights

Ms Lusanda Diba Lead regional operations for independent audit towards the implementation of the ISO 9001: 2008 Quality Management Standard. She Implemented the Occupational Health and Safety Management System from scratch, with the project receiving positive outcomes at the first inspection from the Compliance Office, of one of the prestigious Johannesburg Retail and Office Precincts.

Ms Lusanda Diba also implemented an Employment Equity Compliance Management System, which received positive outcomes from the very first inspection by the Department of Employment and Labour. She successfully negotiated the retention of  significant Clients (Employer Groups).

Ms Lusanda Diba holds the following qualifications: 

Ms Lusanda Diba holds a B-Tech in Industrial Engineering from the Tshwane University of Technology and a Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership Development from the University of Stellenbosch Business School.


 

Chief Operations Officer

Vacant Position

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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 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

Mr Andre Cowley

Chief Financial Officer

Mrs Karyna Van Lingen

Executive: Office of the Principal Officer

Ms Masingita Chavalala

Chief Audit Executive

Mr Zaahir Elias

Acting Chief Administration Officer

Ms Lusanda Diba

Chief Operations Officer

Vacant Position