BCIMA Principal Officer appointed to industry regulator’s Advisory Committee

Phumelele Makatini looks forward to serving medical scheme members

 The Council for Medical Schemes (CMS), which regulates the industry in South Africa, has appointed Ms Phumelele Makatini, Chief Executive Officer and Principal Officer of the Building and Construction Industry Medical Aid Fund (BCIMA), to serve on the Council’s Demarcation Product Advisory Committee (DPAC).

“On behalf of the BICMA Board of Trustees, I would like to congratulate Phumelele on this opportunity to contribute to the wider industry and all the members it serves,” says Mr Mohau Mphomela, Chairperson of the BICMA Board of Trustees.

Ms Makatini — who has held a number of executive and senior management roles in government relations, business development, strategy and entrepreneurship within a number of leading South African companies — has been appointed to both the Administration and Funders stream as well as the Insurance stream of the influential DPAC.

“Ms Makatini, who took over the reins as PO and CEO of BCIMA earlier this year, has already made her presence felt in the industry, and it shows that she is not only in touch with industry developments, but is committed to the future of the sector,” added Mr Mphomela.

“In this new role, she will no doubt serve with enthusiasm and apply her considerable knowledge and experience to help ensure demarcation policy serves the greater good of the sector.

“On behalf of BCIMA, I would like to wish Ms Makatini, who has some 12 years combined experience within the healthcare, financial services, consulting and technology sectors, well on her appointment to the CMS Advisory Committee and wish her every success in her role with this critical industry regulator.”

Ms Makatini said that she was “pleasantly surprised and deeply humbled” when she learned of her appointment to the CMS DPAC. “It is a dream to be able to now serve not only BCIMA, which so well understands and serves the needs of employers and employees within the building and construction industry, but also the greater medical schemes industry,” she added.

“This is an important time for healthcare funding, and it is my privilege to contribute to future industry developments in this new capacity. I hope to also give something back to the funding industry and strengthen it as we work towards the full implementation of the National Health Insurance,” concluded Ms Makatini.


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