Health and Wellness Forum

Chairperson: Leigh Gunkel-Keuler (Director, Government Affairs: Africa – Herbalife Nutrition)

Vice-Chairperson: Anthea Towert (Head: Health & International Benefits – Tennant Life Benefits)

The Health and Wellness Forum is briefed by experts on all issues relating to wellness in the workplace. The Forum is kept abreast on the principles of successful partnerships and any other health-related issues such as management of cancer, diabetes, and stress in the workplace. In addition, information is shared on how to encourage employees to facilitate healthier lifestyles, how to promote productivity and prevent burnout.


  1. To monitor key strategic issues relating to health and wellness for appropriate action;
  2. To provide a networking platform for U.S. member companies in the health and wellness space; and
  3. To monitor and comment on policies relating to health

Past Speakers have included:

  • Rashmee Ragavan, Senior Manager at the DTIC and InvestSA, and Alexander Amrein, Senior Manager for Policy & Research at ITAC, on Business Sustainability during the Lockdown”;
  • Joint Health & Wellness and People Management Forum on “Getting More out of Level 3 Lockdown”;
  • Dr Nicholas Crisp, NHI Fund Developer at the Department of Health, on the NHI.
  • Dr Brian Ruff, CEO at PPO Serve, on “Responses to the Health Market Inquiry (HMI) Provisional Findings”
  • Professor Alex van den Heever, Chair: Social Security Systems Administration and Management Studies at Wits, on an update of the Presidential Health Summit and the NHI
  • Dr Nevilene Slingers, Executive Manager: Donor Coordination at SANAC on “The impact of Budget Cuts and Restraints from funders (especially the U.S.) on funding for HIV and TB programs in SA”
  • Etienne Dreyer, Associate Director at PwC, on “Global Health Issues and the NHI”
  • Mandi Krebs, Associate: Life Sciences; and Julia Sham, Attorney, from Hogan Lovells on “Health Care Forums – Recent Developments (Draft National Health Insurance Bill (NHI), Draft Medical Scheme Amendment Bill (MSA) and the Health Market Inquiry Provisional Report (HMI)”
  • Kavindhran Velen, Senior Programme Manager at The Aurum Institute, on “TB in the Workplace”
  • Marc Matthews, President at Alere Healthcare, on “Influenza in the workplace”
  • Dr Sandile Buthelezi, CEO at the South African National AIDS Council (SANAC), on SANAC’s mandate to the challenge of HIV/AIDS in South Afric

Copies of these presentations can be accessed here.

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