Annah Sefolosha

    Conference, Executive

    Dr Annah Sefolosha
    SAACHS National Treasurer
    HOD Health and Wellness: Tshwane University of Technology

    Dr Annah Sefolosha is a R/N, RM and OHN. She is currently working as Head of Department, Directorate of Health and Wellness at Tshwane University of Technology. Her responsibilities include managing PHC services including HIV and counselling services. Her interest is in sexual and reproductive health of the youth.

    In 2020 she was elected as Treasurer of SAACHS, where her responsibilities includes providing financial advice to the executive, and reporting financial expenditures/statements.

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    Mahlodi Maphakela

    Conference, Executive

    Sr Mahlodi Maphakela
    SAACHS - National Secretary
    Clinical Nurse Practitioner, University of Limpopo

    Mahlodi Maphakela is a Registered Nurse with more than two decades of practical experience. After completing her training in 2001 she practiced as a Professional Nurse at Mankweng Hospital in Polokwane. In 2005 she took up a post as Chief Professional Nurse at Magaliesoord Rehabilitation Centre, returning to Mankweng Hospital in 2011 to work as an OHS and Infection Control Nurse. She joined the University of Limpopo in 2012 as an OHS Nurse and is currently working as a Clinical Nurse Practitioner. 

    Mahlodi is studying toward her PhD in Public Health, and as an alumni of the University of Limpopo supervises several MPH students and does co-coding for qualitative research papers. 

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    Matsontso Mathebula

    Conference, Executive

    Dr Matsontso Mathebula
    SAACHS - National Deputy Chairperson
    Deputy Director Campus Health and Counselling, Sefako Makgatho Health Science University

    Dr Matsontso serves as the Deputy Director Campus Health and Counselling in the Sefako Makgatho Health Science University. He has over a period of more than fifteen years served as the campus doctor for the various stages of this fledgling university.
    With a wealth of leadership positions in the NGO sector and working with young people both nationally and internationally, his contribution will facilitate the work of SAACHS an position it to better fulfil its mandate. He sees these institutions as a source of information that can be tapped through research therefore contributing to the body of knowledge and implementations of evidence based medicine.

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    Miemie Geya

    Conference, Executive

    Sr Molimi Geya
    SAACHS - National Chairperson
    Director: Centre for Student Health & Wellness at University of Johannesburg

    Miemie Geya is Director: Centre for Student Health & Wellness at University of Johannesburg focusing on students’ health and well-being. She is passionate about young people and hopes to bring health services as close to them as possible.

    She was elected as a chairperson of SAACHS in 2020.

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    Mxolelwa Mthethwa

    Conference, Executive

    Mr Mxolelwa Mthethwa
    SAACHS National Deputy Secretary
    HAST Co-ordinator HIV/AIDS​, University of Zululand

    Mr Mxolelwa Mthethwa is a Clinical Nurse Practitioner currently working as HAST Co-ordinator HIV/AIDS at UniZulu campus. He is passionate about the wellbeing of young communities.

    In 2020 he was elected as a Deputy Secretary General of SAACHS, where his responsibilities include writing memos, filing and retrieving corporate documents, records and reports, and assisting the secretary.

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    Riana Johnson

    Conference, Regional

    Riana Johnson
    SAACHS Regional Chair: Free State and Northern Cape
    HOD (Deputy Director) Health and Wellness Centre
    University of the Free State

    Riana Johnson was born in Humansdorp, a small town in the Eastern Cape, and grew up on a farm in Kirkwood in the Eastern Cape.  She matriculated in 1983 at Kirkwood High School in Kirkwood and studied at the University of the Free State where she obtained her B.Soc.Sc (Nursing) in 1989 and Hons. B.Soc.Sc (nursing) in 1990.  Riana obtained her Diploma in Operating Room Nursing in 1994 and the Advanced University Diplomas in Nursing Education (2010) and Health Care Management (2012).  In 2012 she received a certificate for the successful completion of the requirements of the Management Development Institute (UCLA/AMREF/UCTGSB/Johnson&Johnson).

    Riana started working at Kovsie Health at the University of the Free State in 1996 as a professional nurse rendering health care services to students.  Currently she is the HOD (Deputy Director) at the Health and Wellness Centre at UFS. Riana is a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society (Golden Key member) and Chairs the Free State and Northern Cape Region of SAACHS.

    Sarien de Necker

    Conference, Regional

    Sarien de Necker
    Professional Nurse
    UFS Health and Wellness

    Sarien studied nursing at the Free State School of Nursing (1998 -2001) and completed her post basic in Operating Room Nursing at the University of Pretoria (2005-2006). She achieved her post basic in Primary Health Care at University of the Free State (2013- 2014).

    Sarien currently works at University of the Free State Health and Wellness as a Primary Health Care Nurse (2010 – current). She previously worked in the Operating Room (Theatre) specifically in plastic and reconstructive surgery, paediatric surgery, general surgery and gynaecology (2002 – 2010).

    Sarien was the 2017 SAACHS Conference Chairperson and is currently the secretary for the 2025 SAACHS Conference.


    Thapelo Morapeli

    Conference, Regional

    Mr. Thapelo Morapeli
    SAACHS Regional Deputy Chair – Free State and Northern Cape
    Assistant Manager: Primary Healthcare Centre

    Thapelo Morapeli is the Assistant Manager for the Primary Healthcare Centre at Central University of Technology, Bloemfontein Campus. With a passion for working with youth, he brings a wealth of experience and a compassionate approach to student healthcare.


    Tshidiso Ntshabele

    Conference, Executive

    Mr Tshidiso Ntshabele
    SAACHS National Editor
    Head of Department: Wits University

    Mr Tshidiso Ntshabele is the Head of Department at Wits’ Campus Health and Wellness Centre. He serves as a board member of South African Nursing Council (SANC) and is studying for an MPH at the University of Johannesburg. In 2020 he was elected as Editor in Chief of SAACHS, where his responsibilities includes Editing content (articles, photographs), setting editorial guidelines (tone or voice for SAACHS), and representing the Association.

    Tshidiso joined Wits’ Campus Health and Wellness Centre in 2023. Prior to this he worked at North-West University where he headed the Health Care Centre and before that he worked at the University of Johannesburg, the West-Rand Health District and the City of Johannesburg. 

    He completed his nursing diploma at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Nursing College in Soweto, this was followed by a Postgraduate Diploma in Primary Health Care from North-West University. He is registered for a Bachelor of Nursing Science: Occupational Health at the University of Johannesburg. 

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