As we reached the end of South Africa commemorating Women’s Month, The SA Red Cross Air Mercy Service Trust (AMS) is proud to announce the addition of two female Board members to the Board of Trustees. Advocate Adila Hassim and Professor Lineo Mazwi-Tanga joins the diverse Board that provides leadership to the AMS for carrying out the organisation’s purpose to facilitate pluriversal access to healthcare to those rendered most vulnerable by geographical, social or economic inequity. “The AMS is excited to have the expertise of these two dynamic Board members with a broad range of business skills that will assist the organisation to continue to support the National Health System, by ensuring access to healthcare for all South Africans” said Dr Philip Erasmus, AMS CEO.
Advocate Adila Hassim holds numerous awards and is amongst others a member of the Johannesburg Society of Advocates and holds chambers at Thulamela Group of Advocates. Advocate Hassim co-founded SECTION27, a public interest law organisation that defends the rights of health, education and food. She served as its Director of Litigation until 2017. She is also a founding director of Corruption Watch and a Trustee of the Constitutional Hill Trust. She is a former law clerk to Deputy Chief Justice Pius Langa, as well as Justice Edwin Cameron.
Prof. Lineo Mazwi-Tanga was at the helm of the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) for eight years and holds the title of CPUT’s first Rector and Vice-Chancellor. Her experience as an educationist began in the Eastern Cape, where she taught Mathematics, Physical Science and Biology at several high schools. An invitation to serve in the Ministry of Education as a Ministerial Advisor to Minister Kader Asmal, introduced Professor Mazwi-Tanga to systems in national higher education, something which served her well when she assumed the position of leadership of CPUT. Professor Mazwi-Tanga retired as Vice Chancellor in December 2013. She currently serves as one of the Advocates for Social Cohesion, Nation Building and Democracy that is driven through the Ministry of Arts and Culture.
The AMS Board of Trustees is steered by Chairman, Mr. Gideon Sam and comprises of Board Member, Adv. Adila Hassim, Prof. Lineo Mazwi-Tanga, Mr. René de Wet, Prof. Shepherd Mayatula, Mr. Geoffrey Qhena, Mr. Alan Marshall, Mr. Ray ka Msengana and Mr. Lwazi Mboyi. “We look forward to the insights under the leadership of our Board of Trustees with unique and diverse backgrounds and experiences that will make them an asset to the organisation in pursuing our mission to building a national asset for our country by ensuring that healthcare reaches all South Africans” Dr Philip Erasmus concluded.