WHASA EXECUTIVE MEMBERS 

Please see the details of our Exco Members 

WHASA President 
Sr. Fébé Antoinette Bruwer

B. Cur (Cum Laude) University of Pretoria
Certificate in Wound Care at the University of the Free State 
IIWCC (Toronto)
MSocSci (Cum Laude) at the University of the Free State 2018 (Dissertation title “A survey of venous ulcer care in wound care practices in Gauteng”).
MSc Skin Integrity and wound management (Hertfordshire) 2020.
WHASA President 2021 to current
Owner of The Wound Clinic at Life Roseacres Hospital 

Vice President
Sr. Johlene Sander

Wound care practitioner (Cert. UFS Wound Care)
2 Military Hospital
Wound Healing association of Southern Africa (Immediate past President 2019-2021)
RSA representative for the supporting society coordinating team WUWHS 2022.

Treasurer
Sr. Mariette Swart 

Advanced Wound Care

Cert in Wound Care (UFS). IIWCC (Toronto)

Western Cape / Home based wound Care

Strand/Somerset West/Gordons Bay


Dr. Maria G C Giaquinto-Cilliers

Specialist Plastic Surgeon (SA)
 APRASSA member
 IIWCC (Toronto)
 Associate Editor of WHSA
 Position - Head of Unit
Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe Hospital (Kimberley, NC Province)
Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery & Burns

Dr Nick Kairinos


Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon
WHASA ExCo member and Editor in Chief of Wound Healing Southern Africa (WHSA)
Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital, Cape Town.



North West Chair
Sr Anita Stavast

Wound Care Specialist and Certified Lymphoedema TherapistIIWCC (Toronto), MSc (Hertfordshire)
PAL Verpleegsorg, Potchefstroom



Gauteng Chair
Sr. Zhavandre van der Merwe

Advanced wound care specialist
IIWCC (Toronto), MSc (Cardiff). 

Pretoria east. Based at Zuid Afrikaans Hospital, New Muckleneuk.

Educational Committee Chair


Sr. Wilma Heesterbeek


RN (Dip), Midwifery (Dip), Adv Nursing Dynamics (RAU), Adv Wound Care (Hertfordshire), 

Co-opted Whasa Exco member (membership portfolio) 

Western Cape Chair
Sr Denischka Uys 

Advanced wound care practitioner Western Cape 
Deep South area & Northern Suburbs



Northern Cape Chair
Sr Retha Lotz

Operational Manager in the Surgical Department  Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe Hospital. 

IIWCC (Toronto), Certf in Wound Care (UFS)

Candice Pennington
Trade Representative


Business Unit Head – Next Biologics Division

Next Biosciences, Midrand


Reghart Botha
Trade Representative 


3M MSD
Title: Scientific Affairs Manager
South Africa, SSA, SADC

Executive Committee

President: Febe Bruwer 
Vice President:  Johlene Sander
Treasurer: Mariette Swart
Secretary:  Brinsley Davids
Journal Editor:  Nick Kairinos
Exco Members: Maria Giaquinto-Cilliers, Anita Stavast, Zhavandre van der Merwe, Wilma Heesterbeek, Denischka Uys, Retha Lotz. 
Trade Representatives: Candice Pennington and Reghart Botha