SMU Cardiothoracic Surgeon Dr Dambuza Nyamande was recently awarded the LIBERO FATTI medal for his exceptional performance during the Fellowship examination of the College of Cardiothoracic Surgeons of South Africa. The medal was donated by Davis & Geck in 1992 in honour of the late Dr Libero Fatti, Associate Founder of the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa (CMSA), who pioneered cardiothoracic surgery in South Africa. Dr Nyamande spoke to Focus about this great achievement.
Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University congratulates its Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Mbati for being appointed in 2 important bodies in the international higher education and research spaces namely: Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) and Strathmore Academy for International Research Collaboration (SAIRC).
Prof Mbati will serve on the Audit Committee of RUFORUM for a period of 3 years eﬀective from October 2023 until October 2026. Some of the responsibilities for Audit Committee members include:
- Providing oversight on Audit operations of the RUFORUM Secretariat;
- Reviewing annual audit reports of the Secretariat, prior to submission to the Board;
- Advising the Board on the RUFORUM’s Audit management procedures;
- Considering management’s reactions and comments on RUFORUM Audit reports before they are presented to the Board Executive Committee and the full Board by the Executive Secretary for conﬁrmation.
At SAIRC, Prof Mbati will serve on the Research Advisory Board with eﬀect from December 2023 until 2026 and his key role will be to advise the Oﬃce of the President and the Board of Directors with respect to the full range of Academy activity.
- Additional responsibilities will also include reviewing and making recommendations regarding the Academy’s policies and programs concerning the Research Administration, the IRB, Partnerships, research funding, research collaborations, research facilities, research communications, and other matters within the purview of the Academy’s research enterprise;
- He will also advise and guide the Academy on opportunities, challenges, and strategies related to all research, with a particular emphasis on research conducted in the CREs established by the Academy as well as providing advice to the office of the president regarding the emergence of new and existing initiatives that will energize Academy’s research culture and enhance competitiveness for sponsored funding, along with maximizing societal impacts of multidisciplinary research, scholarship, creative works, and entrepreneurial activities.
These appointments have come at a crucial time when Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University is escalating its efforts to foster strategic partnerships with several institutions and bodies in the African Continent and the world in line with its 2024-2028 strategic plan.
University of Johannesburg VC and Principal Prof Letlhokwa Mpedi delivered a captivating lecture at SMU
Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University (SMU) hosted a Public Lecture delivered by the University of Johannesburg Vice Chancellor and Principal, Prof. Letlhokwa Mpedi, on 12 October 2023 with the topic: Exploring the ethics and legalities of artificial reproductive technology through an African lens.
This is part of a series of lectures hosted by SMU Vice-Chancellor Prof. Peter Mbati with the understanding that a university has a critical role to play in the creation of a platform for dialogue and should get involved in public discourse, particularly, as it relates to pertinent issues in society.
In his welcoming address, SMU Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mbati underlined the significance of the lecture in the context of accelerated technological developments on the continent, further stating that this lecture is, indeed, timely. Mbati described Prof Mpedi as a distinguished NRF rated scholar with a B rating who enjoys immense international recognition by his peers and further explained that he has published widely on social security and labour law.
Speaking during the lecture, Prof Mpedi mentioned that the issue of Artificial Reproductive Technology (ART), is something he has been writing and researching about for a number of years and that he is excited by the legalities and ethical considerations behind the technology.
“In recent years, there has been remarkable progress in the field of reproductive technologies. These technologies include medical procedures used to address infertility”, Mpedi explained. He added that in the African context, research suggested that the constantly and rapidly changing lifestyle is fundamentally impacting fertility.
“The African continent has a higher prevalence of STIs and postpartum and post-abortion infections which contributes to both male and female infertility”, Mpedi said.
Mpedi used the opportunity to speak about three key areas impacted by technology in the artificial reproductive space such as artificial wombs, genes editing and embryo donation/adoption adding that the use of these technologies will require laws to be reformed. “Medical technologies advance at a rapid pace while the laws take forever to catch up”, he emphasized. Mpedi also called for sound ethical frameworks that will serve as a basis for regulation and challenged the legal fraternity to keep up with developments in the space and respond accordingly.
What became apparent from the lecture is the fact that technological developments are critical to the overall development of society. Mpedi, however, cautioned that whilst it is important to embrace technology, we should, equally, be mindful that it also ushers us into the world of the unknown, leaving us with many questions than answers, particularly with regard to the adoption of artificial reproductive technology (ATR).
The lecture provided a platform for participants to engage on ATR, weaving together, amongst others, religious, economic, ethical and cultural considerations. What clearly emerged from the deliberations is the need for collaborative efforts among institutions to consider the challenges and opportunities presented by Artificial Reproductive Technology.
From the VCs Desk - University of Johannesburg VC and Principal Prof Letlhokwa Mpedi delivered a captivating lecture at SMU
Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University (SMU) to host a public lecture by the University of Johannesburg Vice Chancellor and Principal, Prof. Letlhokwa Mpedi
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Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University (SMU) to host a public lecture by the University of Johannesburg Vice Chancellor and Principal, Prof. Letlhokwa Mpedi.
The university has a critical role to play in the creation of a platform for dialogue and to get involved in public discourse, particularly, as it relates to pertinent issues in society. As a result, on the 12 October 2023, SMU will host a public lecture to be delivered by the University of Johannesburg Vice Chancellor and Principal, Prof. Letlhokwa Mpedi, with the following topic:
Exploring the ethics and legalities of artificial reproductive technology through an African lens This event will provide a platform for participants to engage on issues relating to Artificial Reproductive Technology.
Date : 12 October 2023 Venue:
Time : 18h00 – 19h00
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