This is the official website of the South African Rheumatism and Arthritis Association, home of the rheumatology community of South Africa. Our aim is to promote, maintain and protect the honour and interest of the discipline of rheumatology as a medical specialty for the benefit of all.

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About Us

Overview

SARAA is the national medical society for specialist rheumatologists and other health professionals involved in the care of patients with rheumatic diseases. It is a public benefit organisation, registered as a non-profit organisation which represents the rheumatology profession of South Africa.
Healthcare professionals with an interest in arthritis are encouraged to become members of SARAA by completing the online form which you will find on this page.
Members of the public are encouraged to click on the patients corner where you will find information relating to the rheumatic diseases as well as a complete list of local rheumatology healthcare professionals for treatment purposes.

Our Constitution
Subcommittees and Affiliates
Become a Member

Our Mission & Vision

Our mission:

To promote, maintain and protect the honour and interest of the discipline of rheumatology as a medical speciality for the benefit of all.

Our vision:

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Inclusiveness. Supporting all partners in the care of patients with rheumatic conditions.

D –

Dynamic. To create a dynamic society, one that reflects the changes in society and practice.

E –

Excellence. To achieve the best in academia and clinical research and practice.

A –

Advancement and Action. To constantly grow and develop our rheumatology fraternity, and stay active in all areas of need.

L –

Leaders. Lead decision making in the practice of Rheumatology in South Africa.

Meet The Executive Committee

President

Kavita Makan

Honorary Secretary

Ayesha Wadee

Honorary Treasurer

Gareth Tarr

Past President

Elsa Van Duuren

Academic

Bridget Hodkinson

Public relations & Liaison

Charlene Bolton

Professional Development

Ayanda Gcelu

Subcommittees

Paediatric Rheumatology Representative

Priya Ambaram

Arthritis Foundation Representative

Thozama Dubula
SARAA Young Rheumatology Forum
KAVITA

Executive: Kavita Makan

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Executive: Debbie Haasbroek

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Executive: Anita Lai

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Executive: Marilyn Reddy

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Executive: Mpoti Seboka

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Executive: Sanvir Sirriram

Regional Representatives of SARAA Young Rheumatology Forum

Gauteng

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Gisela van Rooyen

KZN

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 Lemo Radingoana

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Sarika Deosaran

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Asokan Naidoo

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Keith Chinniah

Western Cape | Eastern Cape

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Francois Bouwer

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 Urisha Brijlal

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Emma Gardiner

Bloemfontein

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Dr Richard Carter

Regional Representatives of SARAA

Gauteng  |  Free state

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Charlene Bolton

Western Cape  |  Eastern Cape

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Ayanda Gcelu

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Keith Chinniah

SARAA Literati:
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Mohammed Tikly

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Asgar Kalla

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Girish Mody

Congress 2021 Committee:
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Farhanah Paruk (Chairperson)

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Sr NG Mkhize ( Coordinator for Health Professionals)

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Kogie Chinniah (Coordinator for Paediatric Rheumatology)

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Keith Chinniah

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Lemo Radingoana

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Sarika Deosaran

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Namhla Mvambo

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 Girish Mody

Biologics approval panel:
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Kavita Makan

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Gareth Tarr

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Elsa van Duuren

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Ayesha Wadee

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Charlene Bolton

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Anne Halland

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Ingrid Louw

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Jenny Potts

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Cathy Spargo

Paediatrics panel:
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Gail Faller

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Chris Scott

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Bhadrish Mistry

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Kogielambal Chinniah

Priya

Priya Ambaram

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Kate Webb

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Monika Brink

Affiliates

Arthritis-foundation-of-South-Africa-Web
Arthritis foundation of South Africa
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Lupus foundation of South Africa

History Of SARAA

The South African Arthritis & Rheumatism Association (SARAA) was founded in the late 1960's, at a time when the speciality of rheumatology was not recognised as a subspecialty in the country. The society was comprised of members across the disciplines of internal medicine, orthopaedics, physical medicine, and immunology. It took the efforts of visionaries like Professor ``Lan`` Meyers, to elevate the field of rheumatology, to not just an aspect of orthopaedic medicine, but a distinct discipline in medicine.
Since then SARAA has been integral to many landmark events in the field of rheumatology in South Africa: from academic strides such as the sub specialty training, examinations and college of SA certificate in Rheumatology; important research contributions to the understanding of known rheumatic diseases as well as some more prevalent to Africa, like HIV-associated rheumatic diseases; advances in therapies- including biologics, patient advocacy and much more.

Applications for membership shall be subject to the approval of the Executive Committee Membership of the SARAA shall consist of the following:

Click on membership type to see more details

Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic

SARAA has postponed the invoicing of annual membership fees. Please anticipate an invoice by mid-July 2020. Click on membership type below to view 2020 fee rates. SARAA encourages all health care practitioners with an interest in rheumatology to apply to become a SARAA member.
All applications are subject to the approval of the executive appointed membership committee. Click on the membership type to view eligibility criteria and annual fees rate. If you are already a member, click on the membership type to view your annual fee rates. Please ensure that you are on the correct membership tier based on your qualification. If you need to change your membership type, please email admin@saraa.co.za

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Full Members
30
Associate Members
102
Rheumatologists
14
Rheumatology Fellows
12
Life Members
12
International Members

 

SARAA President

Rheumatologist and specialist physician with a special interest in SLE &
the antiphospholipid syndrome

To ensure the correct management of the society, centred around the constitution and mission of SARAA.

Leadership and oversight of all SARAA related projects, activities and responsibilities.

Creator and chairperson of the SARAA YRF and "Newsrheum" official SARAA newsletter. Website.

 

Contact Info:

Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital,

Soweto, Johannesburg

president@saraa.co.za or kmakan17@gmail.com

     

 

 

 

Honorary Secretary

Rheumatologist and specialist physician

Administrator and communications of SARAA executive matters.

 

Contact Info:

Netcare Sunninghill Hospital,

Sandton, Johannesburg

011 806 1802

exec@saraa.co.za or kas-isha@mweb.co.za

 

 

 

 

Honorary Treasurer

Rheumatologist and specialist physician with a special interest in rheumatoid arthritis, spondyloarthritis and biologic therapies in rheumatic diseases.

Management and administrator of all financial matters related to the operations of SARAA.

Membership - All general membership queries, including new memberships and existing members.

 

Contact Info:

Winelands rheumatology centre,

Stellenbosch

021 882 8252

accounts@saraa.co.za or doctarr@winelandsrheumatology.com

 

 

 

 

Past president

Rheumatologist and specialist physician with a special interest in biologics in rheumatology and registry data in rheumatic diseases

To ensure effective continuity of services and objectives of SARAA.

Registry management

 

Contact Info:

Jacaranda Hospital,

Pretoria

012 343 0428

exec@saraa.co.za or evduuren@mweb.co.za

 

 

 

 

Academic representative

Rheumatologist and specialist physician heading the rheumatology division at UCT and Groote Schuur hospital, with a special interest in rheumatoid arthritis, SLE and nurse training.

Oversight of all rheumatology training/college related matters, and support of heads of academic units, to ensure the highest standards of rheumatology are upheld.

 

Contact Info:

Groote Schuur Academic Hospital

021 404 2131

exec@saraa.co.za or drbridget@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

Charlene Balton

Rheumatologist and specialist physician with a special interest in early arthritis, scleroderma and musculoskeletal imaging

To engage with sponsors, partners and affiliated societies to promote SARAA projects

Patient education and outreach

 

Contact Info:

Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital

011 854 5031

exec@saraa.co.za or ccbaton@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

Professional development and education

Rheumatologist and specialist physician with a special interest in scleroderma, HIV associated rheumatic manifestations and medical education

Ensure the ongoing professional development of all members through a active CME program

NewsRheum newsletter editorial board, Young rheumatology forum mento

 

Contact Info:

Groote Schuur Academic Hospital

021 404 2131

exec@saraa.co.za or ayanda.gcelu@uct.ac.za

 

 

 

 

Paediatric Rheumatologist

Johannesburg

 

Contact Info:

Netcare Waterfall Hospital

& Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital

 

 

Full membership is available only to medical practitioners that are registered with the HPCSA as rheumatologists or paediatric rheumatologists, and resident in South Africa.

Fees: R1 400.00

Associate membership is open to rheumatology fellows and any medical practitioner, scientist or supplementary health professional who shares the objectives of the organisation.

Fees: R650.00

Life membership may be granted to a Full Member over the age of 65 (sixty five) years, on application to SARAA.
Fees: Free

Honorary membership of SARAA may be offered by the Exco to any person of distinction, including lay persons who have made an outstanding contribution to the objectives of the Association.

Fees: Free (by invitation only)

Rheumatologists who reside outside the Republic of South Africa and are registered with an appropriate professional body as rheumatologists or paediatric rheumatologists may apply for international full membership.

Fees: R1 400.00

Medical practitioners, scientists or supplementary health professionals residing outside the Republic of South Africa who share the objectives of the Association may apply for international associate membership.

Fees: R1 400.00

 

SARAA President

Rheumatologist and specialist physician with a special interest in SLE &
the antiphospholipid syndrome

To ensure the correct management of the society, centred around the constitution and mission of SARAA.

Leadership and oversight of all SARAA related projects, activities and responsibilities.

Creator and chairperson of the SARAA YRF and "Newsrheum" official SARAA newsletter. Website.

 

Contact Info:

Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital,

Soweto, Johannesburg

president@saraa.co.za or kmakan17@gmail.com

     

 

 

 

Honorary Secretary

Rheumatologist and specialist physician

Administrator and communications of SARAA executive matters.

 

Contact Info:

Netcare Sunninghill Hospital,

Sandton, Johannesburg

011 806 1802

exec@saraa.co.za or kas-isha@mweb.co.za

 

 

 

 

Honorary Treasurer

Rheumatologist and specialist physician with a special interest in rheumatoid arthritis, spondyloarthritis and biologic therapies in rheumatic diseases.

Management and administrator of all financial matters related to the operations of SARAA.

Membership - All general membership queries, including new memberships and existing members.

 

Contact Info:

Winelands rheumatology centre,

Stellenbosch

021 882 8252

accounts@saraa.co.za or doctarr@winelandsrheumatology.com

 

 

 

 

Past president

Rheumatologist and specialist physician with a special interest in biologics in rheumatology and registry data in rheumatic diseases

To ensure effective continuity of services and objectives of SARAA.

Registry management

 

Contact Info:

Jacaranda Hospital,

Pretoria

012 343 0428

exec@saraa.co.za or evduuren@mweb.co.za

 

 

 

 

Academic representative

Rheumatologist and specialist physician heading the rheumatology division at UCT and Groote Schuur hospital, with a special interest in rheumatoid arthritis, SLE and nurse training.

Oversight of all rheumatology training/college related matters, and support of heads of academic units, to ensure the highest standards of rheumatology are upheld.

 

Contact Info:

Groote Schuur Academic Hospital

021 404 2131

exec@saraa.co.za or drbridget@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

Charlene Balton

Rheumatologist and specialist physician with a special interest in early arthritis, scleroderma and musculoskeletal imaging

To engage with sponsors, partners and affiliated societies to promote SARAA projects

Patient education and outreach

 

Contact Info:

Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital

011 854 5031

exec@saraa.co.za or ccbaton@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

Professional development and education

Rheumatologist and specialist physician with a special interest in scleroderma, HIV associated rheumatic manifestations and medical education

Ensure the ongoing professional development of all members through a active CME program

NewsRheum newsletter editorial board, Young rheumatology forum mento

 

Contact Info:

Groote Schuur Academic Hospital

021 404 2131

exec@saraa.co.za or ayanda.gcelu@uct.ac.za

 

 

 

 

Paediatric Rheumatologist

Johannesburg

 

Contact Info:

Netcare Waterfall Hospital

& Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital

 

 

Full membership is available only to medical practitioners that are registered with the HPCSA as rheumatologists or paediatric rheumatologists, and resident in South Africa.

Fees: R1 400.00

Associate membership is open to rheumatology fellows and any medical practitioner, scientist or supplementary health professional who shares the objectives of the organisation.

Fees: R650.00

Life membership may be granted to a Full Member over the age of 65 (sixty five) years, on application to SARAA.
Fees: Free

Honorary membership of SARAA may be offered by the Exco to any person of distinction, including lay persons who have made an outstanding contribution to the objectives of the Association.

Fees: Free (by invitation only)

Rheumatologists who reside outside the Republic of South Africa and are registered with an appropriate professional body as rheumatologists or paediatric rheumatologists may apply for international full membership.

Fees: R1 400.00

Medical practitioners, scientists or supplementary health professionals residing outside the Republic of South Africa who share the objectives of the Association may apply for international associate membership.

Fees: R1 400.00