SASSIT Committee

Meet the team
Phumudzo Ndwambi

Joburger by birth, global citizen by aspiration. Surgery is my passion and I hope to be a part of the movement towards better surgical care for all. Where there's fun, sun, food, wine and good people you're sure to find me. I value my family and friends. I love to spread joy to the people around me. I'm a closet philanthropist.

Winnie Mukiibi
Vice President and Marketing 

I am currently a Medical Officer in Surgery Department of CMJAH. I am driven by opportunities that allow me to empower and make an impact in the lives of others. I am passionate about the Surgical Discipline with a special interest in Orthopeadic Surgery. Through SASSiT I hope to support and strengthen the community of Surgeons in training of Southern Africa. I will aim to further build the SASSiT brand by strengthening our relationships with the public and private sector. Through diverse and sustainable partnerships, we with see growth Nationally and Internationally.

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.

Thozama Siyatula
Executive member responsible for the Newsletter 

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

Alex Diakakis
Executive Member responsible for the Refresher 

My name is Alexandros Diakakis. I am a proud South African Greek. I studied at Wits university and am currently a Registrar in General Surgery at Wits. I am passionate about the amazing opportunities we have here In SA and I truly believe we produce the best surgeons in the world. I think we owe it to ourselves, our mentors and our patients to continue to strive to be the best and as part of the Exco for this year, I will do my small part to turn our surgical dreams into realities

Paing Myint

Paing is a registrar in General Surgery at the University of Pretoria. He is a hard working, goal orientated and compassionate person who strives for academic excellence and collective empowerment of fellow registrars in a demanding field. As a SASSiT executive member, he is committed to improving the standard of surgical education and opening avenues towards global surgery.

Renessa Arumugam
Executive Responsible for Outreach 

Kagiso Batka
Executive Member responsible for Research 

Kagiso Batka-Makwinja is a qualified medical doctor doing her registrarship specialization in Pediatric Surgery at the University of Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa. She serves in executive committees and as a member in several national and international medical and surgical groups. She also has a list of globally presented medical & surgical topics and strives to be an expert in her field of practice. Given her undeniable passion for working with people, she has excellent people skills, is versatile, dedicated, enthusiastic, knowledgeable and compassionate and she is committed as a SASSiT executive committee member to use these attributes to help you.

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