The South African Committee of Health Sciences Deans (SACoHSD) is an association founded in 2009 to facilitate the optimisation and transformation of academic activities in Health Sciences faculties across the country in order to address the healthcare, research and social imperatives of the country. SACoHSD works to ensure that South Africa produces fit-for-purpose health profession graduates of the highest quality to ensure an optimal healthcare system in South Africa. As a collective, SACoHSD develops and coordinates responses to influence policy and legislation on national and international health and education issues.

Meet the dedicated team behind the South African Council of Health Sciences Deans, a collective of visionary leaders shaping the future of healthcare education in South Africa. Comprising esteemed professionals from diverse backgrounds, our team brings a wealth of expertise in health sciences, education, and administration. With a shared commitment to excellence, innovation, and inclusivity, we strive to foster collaboration and drive impactful change in health education. Get to know our dynamic team and their invaluable contributions to advancing health sciences across the nation.

Doctor Kerrin Begg


Dr Kerrin Begg is a Public Health Medicine Specialist, and has held a variety of management, technical expert and governance.

Doctor Pavitra Pillay


Dr Pavitra Pillay is the Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the Durban University of Technology in KwaZulu-Natal.

Professor Dalena van Rooyen

Treasurer (Interim)

Prof Dalena van Rooyen is the Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at Nelson Mandela University in Gqeberha, Eastern Cape.

Doctor Ramadimetja Mable Kekana


Dr Mable Kekana is the Head of Radiography and Chair of the School of Healthcare Sciences at the University of Pretoria in Gauteng.

Professor Alida Herbst

Additional Member

Prof Alida Herbst is a Registered Social Worker and Professor of Social Work. Her professional career includes 13 years of practical experience.