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Managing Director: Health Systems Division

Dr Nokwethemba Mtshali


Dr Mtshali’s background is in medicine and public health implementation programmes and management, both with the Department of Health and the private sector. She most recently led the turnaround of Bertha Gxowa Hospital from a struggling district hospital to a facility used as the benchmark in what government care and excellence should be.

Dr Mtshali has over 10 years’ experience in the health sector as a clinician in both private and public sector, hospital build environment, health financing/medical advisory, clinical and hospital management and leadership, giving her a holistic view of health care delivery. Dr Mtshali has been involved in health advocacy for over 15 years, from students representation and the right to access to equal education and funding, to community outreach projects such as the Happy Valley Clinic project. As a champion for the right to accessible and cost effective quality health, Dr Mtshali strongly believes in value based healthcare for all. She is also a passionate advocate for women and reproductive health rights, she led the first hospital to provide CTOP in Ekurhuleni for first trimester pregnancies, and also established youth friendly services for young people and outreach programme to neighbouring schools for sex and health education.

In the private sector, she has worked in corporate and as a successful family physician with a focus on HIV and TB. Dr Mtshali is a keen student of leadership philosophy and is passionate about African solutions for African challenges and dedicates some of her time to community development programmes.