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SMLTSA

PROMOTING THE PROFESSION OF MEDICAL LABORATORY TECHNOLOGY IN SOUTH AFRICA​
About Us

The Society of Medical Laboratory Technology of South Africa (SMLTSA) promotes the profession of medical technology in South Africa.

The SMLTSA is the voice of the profession in South Africa, ensuring that the viewpoint of medical laboratory professionals are adequately represented at all levels.

Our Administrative Office is in Pinelands Cape Town.

History 

  • The SMLTSA was established in 1951, first and foremost with the aim of developing qualifications and to ensure that the profession gains the recognition it deserves. 
  • Due to the efforts of the SMLTSA the profession has become united, was able to achieve professional status and has advanced to the point where medical technologists may enter into a private practice. In 1991 the ethical rules were amended enabling medical technologists to practice independently. 
  • SMLTSA has also been involved in upgrading the medical technologist course firstly to a UoT diploma course and then to the current BHSc:Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) degree course.  
  • Through a scientific approach, the SMLTSA has provided several opportunities for medical laboratory professionals to grow and develop. This is achieved through assistance for members to obtain Continuing Professional Development Education points and an accredited journal (The Journal of Medical Laboratory Science and Technology South Africa) 
How we work
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Exco 

An executive committee consisting of 6 members (plus any co-opted members required for their expertise in certain fields.) The management of the Society is vested in the Executive of the Society. 

Council

Council consists of a nominated member from each Branch Committee together with all Executive Committee members 

Branches

A branch consist of at least 20 (twenty) Associate or Affiliate Members within a reasonable distance of each other. Branches are represented on Council.  

Membership 

Members are individuals in the medical laboratory profession and related professions 

Activities of the SMLTSA 

The SMLTSA acts as an advisory and consultant body in the fields of education, training and employment. 

The SMLTSA promotes and supports scientific knowledge and skills through activities such as congresses, scientific journals, scientific advisory committees and other professional development activities.

Executive Committee Members - EXCO

SMLTSA PRESIDENT – Wendy Solomon

  • PhD in Biomedical Sciences with an HPCSA registration in Clinical Pathology
  • 20 years’ experience in the medical laboratory profession which includes 14 years in Higher Education; SMLTSA experience as President, previous Vice-president, branch chair, board exam external moderator, SAC member and NEC.
  • Strengths lie in Health Science education, university administration and Biomedical Science research

SMLTSA PAST-PRESIDENT – Janette Wassung

  • National Diploma in Medical Technology in Chemistry and Clinical Pathology
  • Many years of SMLTSA membership, served in various roles, like SAC, NEC and recently as President
  • Strength lies in Process Management, Quality Management and staff development

SMLTSA PAST-PRESIDENT – Carol Massyn

  • National Diploma in Medical Technology in Cytopathology and Cytogenetics.
  • SMLTSA member for over 25 years. SMLTSA Past-President as well as past PE Branch Secretary and Chairperson and current member of SMLTSA ExCO.
  • Strengths lie in training, Cytogenetics and MT private practice issues.

CO-OPTED EXCO MEMBER EDUCATION – Carol Smith

  • NHD in Medical Technology, registered MT  in Clinical & Chemical Pathology
  • ExCo member and Cape Branch Chair for many years as well as NEC and Chemical Pathology SAC Chair. Previous Technician examiner and moderator.
  • Strengths lie in Education, SMLTSA  processes.

SMLTSA EXCO MEMBER – Siyabonga Zandile Msane

  • B-Tech in Medical Technology and Honors in Public health and currently concluding a Master’s in public health.
  • Currently serving on the SAC Cytology and NEC and SMLTSA Midlands branch Chairperson.
  • Strengths lie in Cytology, networking, continual education and training.

SMLTSA EXCO MEMBER  – Rose Naicker 

  • National Diploma in Medical Laboratory Technology: Histopatological Technique and Clinical Pathology
  • 40 years of experience in Histology and Clinical Pathology laboratories; Past National examiner for Medical Technologists: Histopathological Technique and past member of Histology SAC: Executive member of SMLTSA and committee member of SMLTSA Midlands Branch
  • Strengths lie in Passion for the profession on all levels. Organisational skills and CPD interest

SMLTSA EXCO MEMBER  – Terry van Jaarsveld 

  • NHD Medical Technology – Clinical Pathology and Haematology
  • 46 years’ experience in field of Medical Technology; worked for 15 years internationally; SMLTSA member for many years; NEC member; Phlebotomy technicians’ examiner; 3 years in Higher Education
  • Strengths: Laboratory Management; Accreditation Process Implementation and Auditing; Phlebotomy; Pre-Analytical & Point of Care Testing Specialist; Education and Training in aforementioned strengths.

CO-OPTED EXCO MEMBER PHLEBOTOMY FORUM   – Kathy Thavar

  • Qualified Phlebotomy Technician and Trainer
  • Chairperson of the Phlebotomy Forum of SA, NEC rep and Clinical Pathology SAC Member
  • Strengths lie in Phlebotomy training, Technical and administrative support pertaining to technician and laboratory assistant training. 

SMLTSA
Promoting the profession of medical technology in South Africa.

Contact Us

Postal Address

P.O. Box 505, Howard Place, Pinelands, 7450

Physical Address

Unit A28, Pinelands Business Park, New Mill Road, Pinelands, 7405

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