The Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA), is pleased to announce the appointment of its new Registrar/CEO Dr Manyangane Raymond Billa, who assumed his position on 1 January 2019.
The HPCSA is delighted with the appointment of Dr Raymond Billa by the Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi. The HPCSA is confident of Dr Billa’s leadership capabilities to steer the HPCSA and to deliver and discharge its mandate as encapsulated in the Health Professions Act, 56 of 1974.
The HPCSA believes that in Dr Billa it has found an exceptional leader, who has sound management and organisational acumen and has demonstrated the ability to effectively lead various organisations within the healthcare environment, and to develop strong integrated teams to deliver on the mandate.
Dr Billa obtained his degree in Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBBCh) from the Medical University of Southern Africa (MEDUNSA) in 1991. In 2010, he attained an MSc in Bioethics and Health Law from the University of the Witwatersrand.
Dr Billa has a wealth of knowledge and experience (spanning over 17 years) within the health industry. Prior to his appointment to the HPCSA, he was the Chief Executive Officer at Helen Joseph Hospital from May 2013. His management career commenced in 2002 where he was the Head of Medical Services at Tembisa Hospital. From 2005 to 2006, he moved on to Sterkfontein Hospital where he was the Chief Executive Officer. Between February until June 2006; he was the Acting Director: Clinical Services at the Johannesburg Hospital. In the same year, he further proceeded to Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital. From January 2007 to January 2010, Dr Billa was appointed Director: Clinical Services at Chris Hani Baragwanath. In February 2010 to April 2013, he was the Acting Chief Executive Officer at Sterkfontein Hospital.
Dr Billa, upon commencing his position said, “I feel privileged and humbled by the confidence that the HPCSA Council has on my ability to lead and steep the HPCSA ship to the right direction. This is an ernomous task that I have been entrusted with in ensuring that the HPCA is one of the leading regulators in the country, in Africa and the world. Despite some challenges that are encountered, we have to ensure that the HPCSA maintains its mandate of protecting the public and guiding the profession”.
The Registrar’s focus for his term of office will be to ensure that Council’s processes are aligned in the realisation of Council’s strategic objectives. He also emphasised to maintain healthy working relationships with all stakeholders.
The HPCSA also wishes to extend its sincere appreciation to Adv. FP Khumalo for his support and efforts as Acting Registrar for the past two and a half years. He resumes his role as Head of Legal and Regulatory Affairs and the HPCSA collectively look forward to ensuring that the HPCSA fulfils its mandate of protecting the public and guiding the professions.