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.

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


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.


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.

Quinton Rosen

Senior Manager: Operations




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.

Loedt Zemanay

Senior Manager: Corporate Services


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. 

Eshaam Mohidien

Sales & Servicing 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 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 and Communication qualification from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Certificates in Basic Principles of Public Relations and Business Practice from Varsity College. In 2016 Portia completed a part-time Project Management Short Course at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology.

Portia Pozisa Ntsaluba

Communications Manager



Ntombizonke Ntuli

Ntombizonke Ntuli has over 15 year’s wealth of experience in the health sector. She has worked for health organisations such as Newmed Medical Aid, Old Mutual Healthcare, Momentum and Metropolitan Health (GEMS Business Unit) holding positions such as Operations Manager and Claims Support Call Centre Manager. She  joined the Scheme in March 2016 as a Benefits Controller.

Zonke (as she is affectionately known), holds a Bachelor of Social Science degree and a Post Graduate Diploma in Organisation and Management from the University of Cape Town (UCT).

Ntombizonke Ntuli

Benefits Controller



Parveez Noordien 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.

Parveez Noordien

Information Systems Manager


Candice Titus Candice Titus has worked for various industries over the years including Technology, Oil & Gas, Investments and Employee Benefits; where she held positions of Assistant Financial Controller, Financial Manager and Senior Assistant Financial Accountant/Business Analyst. Titus is a Premiums Controller at the Scheme. She holds a National Diploma in Internal Auditing from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) and a certificate in Practical Labour Law from the University of Cape Town (UCT).

Candice Titus

Premiums Controller