MMPA - Mine Medical Professionals Association Annual General Meeting

MMPA


The Mine Medical Professionals Association (MMPA) held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 31 July 2019 at the Birchwood Conference Centre in Boksburg. Dr Muofhe Murwamphida was appointed as the new President, having been nominated as such and accepted by all members of the Executive Council in attendance, in accordance with the Constitution of the Association. Dr Dipalesa Mokoboto, from the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR), was elected as the new Vice-President.


MMPA members (from L to R): Dr Thuthula Balfour, Dr Dipalesa Mokoboto, Dr Luvuyo Dzingwa and Mr Mpilo Booi Photograph: Mbalenhle Buthelezi, MMPA Secretary
 

The Executive Council members are:

 Dr Luvuyo Dzingwa – Rand Mutual Assurance

 Dr Thuthula Balfour – Minerals Council South Africa

 Dr Khanyile Baloyi – Minerals Council South Africa

 Dr Pravesh Lakha – AngloGold Health Services

 Dr Nothando Moyo-Mubayiwa – Kumba Iron Ore

 Dr Vusumuzi Nhlapho – SA Medical


The outgoing President, Dr Nothando Moyo-Mubayiwa (L), and the newly elected President, Dr Muofhe Murwamphida (R) Photograph: Mbalenhle Buthelezi, MMPA Secretary
 

 Co-opted Executive Council members are:

 Dr Jameson Malemela – Sibanye-Stillwater

 Dr Irene Mampa  Implats

 Dr Edward Mudau  Lonmin

 Dr Tumi Legobye – Harmony Gold

 Dr Oliver Ndhlovu  PholaMed Occupational Health and Wellness Services

 Dr John Madonsela – Quantum Leap Occupational Health Services


Mr Amos Mphephu, change consultant from Change Metrics Company, addresses the meeting Photograph: Mbalenhle Buthelezi, MMPA Secretary

  Before closing, Mr Amos Mphephu, an independent change consultant from Change Metrics Company, ­delivered a presentation titled ‘Embracing digital healthcare in South Africa’.

The MMPA Executive Council believes that membership of the MMPA offers good value to members, especially in such areas as networking, and attending the Annual Congress and other courses that earn members CPD points. Details of these events are regularly e-mailed to members.

 

Report by:
Dr Muofhe Murwamphida

MMPA President
Mbalenhle ButheleziMMPA Secretary
e-mail: mbalenhleb@mpas.org.za


MESSAGE FROM THE INCOMING PRESIDENT, DR MUOFHE MURWAMPHIDA
I am humbled to accept the position of President of the Mine Medical Professionals Association, with Dr Dipalesa Mokoboto to assist me as Vice-President. I would also like to welcome the members who were co-opted to the Executive Council. I am delighted to serve in the Association as I will be supported by highly capable and experienced professionals who have served in various organisations such as the Minerals Council of South Africa, Rand Mutual Assurance, Sibanye-Stillwater, Implants, Lonmin, AngloGold Ashanti, and the Department of Mineral Resources. I encourage all Council members to attend meetings regularly to ensure continuity of the Association.

I would like to call upon other mine medical professionals to assist in raising the profile of medicine in mining by joining the Association. We plan to strengthen our relationship with stakeholders such as The South African Society of Occupational Medicine (SASOM), the Mine Health and Safety Council (MHSC), and the Southern African Institute for Occupational Hygiene (SAIOH).

I am passionate about reducing the burden of occupational diseases and improving employee wellness in the mining industry. In my lifetime, I would like to see the elimination of occupational diseases and a significant reduction in the prevalence of non-communicable lifestyle disease. The journey to zero harm starts with us. We need to change the way we do things in order to achieve the Mine Occupational Health and Safety Summit milestones. As occupational medical practitioners, we need to adopt best practices in our occupational health clinics. Let us work together with occupational health nurses, mine managers, occupational hygienists and safety practitioners to ensure that we detect early signs of occupational diseases and conduct proper illness investigations. Let us not wait for an occupational disease to be compensable in order to investigate and improve control measures.

There is a significant increase in the number of chronic lifestyle diseases that are being reported. The mining industry is losing money and skills due to sick absenteeism and early medical retirement attributed to complications of hypertension, diabetes, strokes, etc.

I therefore urge mining companies to employ the services of dieticians, to invest in gym infrastructure, and to schedule wellness campaigns and other initiatives that improve the overall health and wellbeing of employees in the mining industry.

Last, as mine medical practitioners, we need to advocate for the overall health of miners. Let us raise our voices to encourage the mining industry to prioritise the health and wellbeing of employees.

 

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