Behind any great service exists people who value quality and integrity

At SAMWUMED, we credit our strength to a consistent and effective management approach which focuses on the strategic direction of the Scheme, employee relations and streamlined processes to ensure our continued success in the provision of medical funds to local government employees in South Africa.


Neil Nair | Principal Officer

Neil was engaged in student activism from an early age and served as the SRC chairperson and activist in the heady days of the student uprisings in the 1980's. Neil joined the progressive trade union movement in 1993, where he was primarily focused on employee benefits. In this capacity, he championed the launch of many employee benefit options for workers previously denied access to social benefits. He also served as a founding delegate to the SALGBC's Employee Benefits Working Group. This working group was instrumental in drafting the framework for the rationalisation of medical schemes in the local government sector - including the equalisation of employee benefits.

Neil was a founding labour delegate of the National Information Technology Forum (NITF) - under the then Minister of Tele-communications, Jay Naidoo. He also served as a Director on the Board of Healthcare Funders (BHF)of southern Africa, where he sat on the Constitutional Review Panel - he currently still serves as a Director of BHF. Prior to joining SAMWUMED as the Principal Officer in 2001 (in which capacity he presently serves), Neil was a technical advisor to the Scheme's board from 1998. He played a leading role in the Scheme's transformation from a regional bargaining council benefit to a self-administered, national medical scheme.Neil also serves as a technical advisor to the Ministerial NHI Advisory Sub-Committee: Purchasing and Benefits. This committee is responsible for devising strategies to allocate resources towards the introduction of the National Health Insurance benefit structure. In addition to this, he was also appointed as one of four medical scheme representatives to serve on a task team for the Council for Medical Schemes. This team has been set up to review sections of the Medical Schemes Act with specific reference to Prescribed Minimum Benefits.


SAMWUMED’s senior management team is made up of respected leaders and industry experts, bringing together a wealth of experience and knowledge.



Quinton Rosen | Senior Manager: Operations

Quinton Rosen worked for companies such as Rentokil and the State IT Agency (SITA) before joining SAMWUMED as Information Systems Manager. After 2 years he was promoted to Senior Operations Manager where he is responsible to oversee the Operations Cluster of SAMWUMED to support the Scheme's organisational needs.

Quinton holds a BCom Honours Degree in Information Systems from the University of Western Cape. He has also completed various Information Technology related courses and obtained an Advanced Project Management Diploma from the University of Stellenbosch.


Loedt Zemanay |
Senior Manager: Corporate Services

Loedt Zemanay started his career as a Financial Administrator at Grassroots Educare Trust (GET) in 1993. He later joined SAMWU's head office as a Financial Administrator where he was then promoted to the Head of Administration and Finance in 2002.

Loedt joined SAMWUMED in 2008 as Financial Manager. Due to the Scheme's organisational renewal process, Loedt then moved to head the Facilities department and is currently the Senior Manager: Corporate Services. He holds a Bachelor of Social Science degree, majoring in Economics, from the University of Cape Town.


Eshaam Mohidien | Sales & Servicing Manager

Eshaam started his career as a teacher at Belgravia Senior Secondary School in 1994. In March 1996, he joined SAMWUMED as a Fieldworker and during 2009, he worked for the Heart and Stroke Foundation of South Africa briefly as Key Accounts Manager. Since re-joining SAMWUMED, his career has progressed into various positions including Acting Marketing and Communications Manager, Clinics Manager, Clinics Team Leader and is now Sales and Servicing Manager.

Eshaam holds a BA degree in Human Movement Studies, a Higher Diploma in Education from the University of Western Cape (UWC), a Certificate in Marketing and Marketing Management, and has completed various short courses in Management and Customer Care.


Portia Pozisa Ntsaluba | Communications Manager

Portia Ntsaluba joined SAMWUMED in February 2013. Her role as the Communications Manager involves devising and implementing the communications strategies of the Scheme. Her work experience in Communications and PR agency environments includes an American PR firm where she focused on research, media relations and strategic input for some American and UK technology start-up companies. Her local experience has included clients in the airline and financial services industries at one of South Africa's leading PR agencies.

Prior to her Public Relations career, Portia was a Production Manager for a film marketing and publishing company. She holds a Public Relations Management qualification from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Certificates in Basic Principles of Public Relations and Business Practice from Varsity College. During her career at SAMWUMED she has also attained a certificate in Project Management from CPUT.

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Parveez Noordien | Information Systems Manager

Parveez Noordien joined SAMWUMED in May 2016 as the Information Systems Manager. Previously, he worked at the State Information Technology Agency (SITA) as an Infrastructure Services Technical Specialist (Service Management and Integration and Planning) for National Government Departments. He holds a National Diploma in Information Technology (IT) from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT), Post Graduate Diploma in Management Development from the University of Stellenbosch and certificates in ITIL and CMMI.


Unathi Singapi | Finance Manager

Unathi Singapi obtained a Bachelor of Technology Degree (BTech) in Cost and Management Accounting from Port Elizabeth Technicon and a certificate in Taxation from the University of South Africa (UNISA). Her career stems from the grassroots as a trainee accountant in an accounting firm in the windy city of Port Elizabeth. She then relocated to Cape Town and joined Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) and Ernst and Young. During her time with these audit firms, Singapi worked with various clientele including Transnet, Canterbury, Green Cross Manufacturing (AVI Limited), South African Heritage Resource Agency and British American Tobacco where she gained valuable experience in financial management, application of IFRS standards and SA Tax legislation. She joined the Scheme’s Finance Department in September 2014 as Management Accountant, and after three years’ with the Scheme she was promoted to Finance Controller and recently to Finance Manager.


Glenn Gideon | Claims Manager

Glenn Gideon’s career stems from Southern Life in 1994 as Retirement Fund Administrator and he then went to work for Norwich Life. After Norwich Life, he held several positions including Portfolio Head of Employee Benefits at Momentum, Team Leader –Individual Policy Administration at Computer Sciences Corporation, Operations Manager at Fairfund Department, Claims Manager (Bankmed Medical Aid) at Metropolitan Health Group and Staff Buying Card Manager at Shoprite Checkers.
Glenn joined SAMWUMED in August 2017 as a Claims Manager.

He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree, majoring in Business Management and Industrial Psychology from University of Western Cape (UWC) and completed a Management Development Diploma from Stellenbosch University.


Nkone Mokwena | Premiums Controller

Nkone Mokwena joined SAMWUMED in September 2017 as a Premiums Controller. Prior to joining the Scheme, she worked for insurance administrator TBFS as a Premiums Supervisor, where she led a team of premiums administrators. One of the company’s client is SAMWU and that exposed her to local municipality employee benefits. Nkone also worked for PruHealth, a Discovery Health subsidiary in various staff level roles in client services for 5 years; ranging from call centre consultant to broker servicing consultant. Shen then moved to Discovery Group Risk, where she held a role of Billing Administrator in employee benefits.
Nkone holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Financial Management from UNISA and also pursuing a Postgraduate Diploma in Risk Management. She obtained the FSB recognised RE5 certification.