Board Members 2019-03-06T12:34:10+02:00

Groote Schuur Board Members

Members of the Board are drawn from the hospital leadership and staff; the university’s Faculty of Health Sciences as its academic partner; and the community at large which it serves.

In addition, persons with expertise may be nominated by peers and appointed by the Member of the Executive Committee (MEC) for the Provincial Government of the Western Cape.

  • Dr Z Brey – Chair
  • Rev M Magadla – Vice-chair
  • Dr B Patel – Head of Institution
  • Prof AW Barday
  • Mrs A Bezuidenhout
  • Prof E Coetzee
  • Prof G Fieggen
  • Mr H Kajie
  • Mr TJ Ledwaba CA (SA)
  • Mrs N Mia
  • Mr L Naidoo
  • Dr I Ntatamala
  • Mr S Parker
  • Prof W Spearman
  • Dr J Werner


  • Support the hospital in all its spheres
  • Support patients with transport costs, personal items and food parcels where appropriate
  • Oversee volunteers who contribute to the operations of the Facility Board
  • Manage on site income generating projects such as parking, food outlets, used book sales and hairdresser
  • Manage donations and bequests

Board Members

Dr. Zameer Brey has worked in senior leadership positions where his core role was that of change agent. Currently he is the TB program lead in South Africa for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He previously served as a process analyst for the Western Cape Department of Health; His expertise centres on improving efficiency and quality in healthcare using existing resources relating to personnel, equipment and finances.

He is a qualified medical practitioner who also holds a MBA and PhD in Lean and change management from UCT.

Most recently he led the South African Medical Association as Acting General Manager and currently is the COO of the South African TB Vaccine Initiative, a global leader in vaccine development.

Dr. Z Brey was one of the first recipients of the Allan Gray scholarship which fully funded his MBA studies. His work has already positively impacted thousands of patients and he is determined to make a difference to healthcare delivery in this country and sees his core role as inspiring and enabling others to effect improvement.

Dr B Patel - CEO

Dr. Bhavna Patel
Dr Bhavna Patel (BSc, MBChB, MFamMed, FCFP, FCPHM, MScMed (Bioethics and Health Law) is a medical doctor and the Chief Executive Officer at Groote Schuur Hospital.

Dr Patel completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Cape Town, after which she worked as a private practitioner for ten years. She then joined Groote Schuur Hospital as a Medical Manager in 2002, became the Chief of Operations of the Hospital in 2010 and Chief Executive Officer in 2013.

In addition to her medical degree, Dr Patel also has a Bachelor of Science degree and an additional four Masters in Family Medicine, Public Health and Bioethics and Health Law. As a medical manager, she has covered a wide range of portfolios and gained extensive management experience that placed her in an ideal position to take on these lead roles at the hospital. In addition, Dr Patel led five research studies and has four publications.

Dr. Itumeleng Ntatamala is a young and energetic medical graduate from the University of Cape Town and the recipient of the prestigious Chevening Scholarship Award through which he obtained a Masters Degree in Occupational Health from the University of Birmingham in 2016.

He also holds a Unisa Postgraduate Diploma in public health and an HIV Diploma from the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa.

He has worked as a rural doctor in Limpopo Province and is currently a registrar in Occupational Medicine, having practiced at the staff health clinic at Groote Schuur Hospital and the Western Cape Provincial Department of Health.

He has a special interest in improving the working experience of all categories health care workers with the ultimate aim of improved and safe quality care for all patients accessing public health services.