SASSIT Committee

Meet the team
Renessa Arumugam
President 

Renessa is a dynamic and energetic person who is passionate about surgery, reading , learning about new cultures and traveling. she is an adrenaline seeker, always looking for the next thrill, adventure or challenge. Currently a General Surgery Registrar at the University of Witwatersrand.

Mohamed Bhamjee
Vice-President 

My names Mohammed Bhamjee, I am currently serving on the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Witwatersrand. I would describe myself as a dynamic multidimensional surgeon in training, with tireless work ethic. I hold a special interest in surgical education, and its duality and balance with reference to clinical and theoretical acumen. Through my participation with SASSIT I hope to inspire and engineer progressive and forward thinking surgeons from training institutes across Southern Africa with the hope of providing better and more equitable surgical care to all.

Sulé Burger
Executive member responsible for the Students 

Past president of the Wits Students Surgical Society, founder of the Southern African Students Surgical Society , founder and secretary general of the IASSS, founder of the Program for equitable access to Surgical Care in South Africa. Her research focuses on workforce retention amongst hospital staff, establishing and improving theatre complex management focusing on productivity, surgical education, training and finding solutions to making surgery safe and accessible.

Gerbrand Lindeque
Website and Social Media 

I am a young, dynamic and energetic person who is passionate about my career. Currently doing my Registrarship in General Surgery at the University of Witwatersrand. I am passionate about Burns and aim to further my Studies in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Being part of Sassit gives me the opportunity to engage with junior surgeons, plastic surgeons and the broader surgical community

Tarlia Govender
Portfolio Outreach 

First year general surgery registrar at wits. I’m a surgeon in training cum social worker trying to make a difference to the population I serve, even outside of theatre. I’m very interested in private and public sector collaboration. Out of scrubs, I’m a yoga practicing wife who cooks a mean curry.

David Govender
Executive Member 

Currently doing community service in general surgery at Thelle Mogoerane Hospital. I am passionate about serving people. I am not afraid of getting my hands dirty in helping the next generation of surgeons realise their surgical goals. In my spare time I enjoy playing the sitar/ piano and taking spontaneous trips.

Randy Lamfel
Executive Member 

Dr.Randy Lamfel, a 27 year old young, dynamic , versatile and optimistic young lady. I am a motivational speaker ,better known as Doctor Motivation , encouraging people to have a healthy work life play balance and catching the joy in the process.I am also the chairperson of Young MD Cultivate which is a mentorship program for doctors by doctors where we create a generation of doctors who are not victims of our challenging healthcare system but pioneers of its’ transformation When choosing a discipline,what I knew for sure is that I needed to spend time under theatre lights.My love for theatre and passion for women, drew me into Obstetrics and Gynaecology where I’m currently practicing as a medical officer. The rate of caesarean sections has increased significantly globally over the past few years and the improvement in skill and access to excellent surgical care has lagged behind. Joining the South African Society of Surgeons in Training will be a great platform for me to pioneer for Obstetrics and Gynaecology as a surgical discipline in SA. I believe in being the change I want to see. During my time as an executive member , I aim to assist SASSiT in expanding to include more surgical disciplines.

Marguerite Barnard
Executive Member 

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