Board of Directors

  • Emeritus Professor Heinz Rode qualified as a medical doctor in 1966 and qualified as general surgeon from the University of Pretoria in 1974, from the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa, FCS (Surg) 1974 and from the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh, FRCS (Ed) 1974. He spent 15 months in Antarctica after qualification as the medical doctor and deputy leader to the 9th Expedition. He was appointed Senior Specialist in Paediatric Surgery in 1982 and subsequently as principal specialist and eventually as Chief Specialist and Charles F.M. Saint Professor and Head of the Department of Paediatric Surgery at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital and University of Cape Town in 1997. He held this position for 10 years.

    Prof. Rode held many leadership positions in a variety of professional organizations; President of the South African Association of Paediatric Surgeons, the South African Burn Association, the President of the Child Accident Prevention Foundation of Southern Africa. He was secretary of SAAPS, the Finance and General Purpose Committee of the Colleges of Medicine, the European Club for Paediatric Burns and the Pan-African Paediatric Surgical Association. He is an examiner and convener of examinations for the Colleges of Medicine in all categories of examinations. He served as an Executive Member and Secretary of the College of Surgeons and was on Senate of the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa. He has been appointed by the Provincial Government to reorganize burn services in the Western Cape.

    He was the supervisor and examiner for 17 higher degrees and received many distinguished awards including the Douglas Medal for the most outstanding student in Surgery from the Colleges of Medicine, honorary membership of the Australia/New Zealand Burn Association, the Golden Jubilee Award from the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa for outstanding services to medicine and the international Zora Janzekovic Golden Razor Award for outstanding services to burned children. He was a final nominee for the South African National Research Council Science Reward. He has written one book and is currently writing two additional books on the history of paediatric surgery in South Africa and a surgical manual for paediatric burns. He developed a Diploma in General Surgery as well as a Fellowship in Paediatric Surgery for the Colleges of Medicine. He was the original driving force behind the establishment of the Pan-African Paediatric Surgical Association and served as the secretary for many years. He was on the EXCO of the World Federation of Associations of Paediatric Surgeons and was the African representative of the British Association of Paediatric surgeons.

    He has been visiting Professor to various international universities and has given various national and international eponymous lectures, established the EMSB course in South Africa and is honoured by PAPSA with a named lecture. He served on the editorial board of leading paediatric surgical journals and has received substantive financial support for research. His main interests are in trauma, neonatal surgery, oncology and burns. He acted as convenor for many conferences. He has written 50 chapters in leading international textbooks and has published 274 articles in peer review journals. He is recognised as a leading burns surgeon in South Africa and is on the rehabilitation committee of the International Society for Burn Injuries. South African National Antarctic

    His hobbies consist of Antarctic philately, oil painting and mountain walking. He is married to a child psychiatrist and Jungian analyst and has two children.

  • Patrick Kulati, our CEO, is consummate leader and manager with a responsibility to provide strategic direction, stakeholder management, fundraising, financial stewardship and operational efficiency of the organisation. He served as Managing Director of the Paraffin Safety Association of Southern Africa for 8 years before taking over as the Chief Executive Officer of HESASA. Previous to that he served as Africa Regional Manager working primarily in Southern and Eastern Africa for the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI), Africa Region.

  • Current Position(s)

    Non-Executive Director | KUMBA IRON ORE LIMITED
    2012 – present

    Board member: Household Energy Safety Association of Southern Africa – 2013 – present

    Previous Position(s)

    Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs | Government of South Africa
    South Africa | 2009 – 2010

    Acting Minister | Public Works | Government of South Africa
    Pretoria | 2006 – 2006

    Minister | Minerals and Energy | Government of South Africa
    Pretoria | 2006 – 2009

    Minister | Department of Water Affairs and Forestry | Government of South Africa
    2004 – 2006

  • Kgomotso Matsunyane is a broadcaster, writer, and filmmaker based in Cape Town and Johannesburg.  She is an accomplished documentary director and producer, and has been a commissioning editor for “ Drama” at SABC1, where she commissioned “The Pure Monate Show, Gaz’ Lam and Tsha-Tsha”, and after which she became the editor of The Oprah Magazine (SA).  She is a former partner at T.O.M. Pictures, where she hosted “Late Night with Kgomotso” as well as produced the last 3 “Soul City” series for TV, which had some of the highest ratings for TV Drama in the country.  She was a co-producer on the series “A Place Called Home”, and the feature films “Gums & Noses”, “Jozi” and “Material”.  Kgomotso wrote a monthly column for True Love Magazine and an on-line weekly column for News24.  She is also the former host of “The Weekend Breakfast with Kgomotso Matsunyane” on Talk Radio 702/567 Cape Talk, and is also the former host of the weekday flagship breakfast show “Good Morning Gauteng” on Kaya FM.  She is currently MD of her own production company, One Man & His Dog Films, (O.M.A.H.D) – a feminist TV and Film company with particular expertise in women, as well as sexual & reproductive health.

  • Ashley van Niekerk is a Specialist Scientist/Manager with the Safety and Peace Promotion Research Unit and a Professor Extraordinarius with the University of South Africa’s Institute for Social and Health Sciences. He has a PhD in Social Medicine from the Karolinska Institutet, and an M.Psych (Clinical Psychology) from the University of the Western Cape. He is a member of the National Health Research Committee and is the Editor-in-Chief of African Safety Promotion: A Journal of Injury and Violence Prevention. He has consulted to the National Department of Health on an Integrated Strategic Framework for the Prevention of Violence and Injury in South Africa. He was also on the Burns and Scalds WHO Expert Group for the World Report on Child and Adolescent Injury Prevention in 2007-2009 and is a long-standing board member of the Child Accident Prevention Foundation of Southern Africa. His recent research interests include the identification of childhood injury risk profiles, in particular those due to burns, the development and evaluation of childhood safety interventions, and the development of safety policy for South Africa.

  • Academic researcher

    Professor of Environmental and Energy Studies, Director of SeTAR Centre

    Treasurer and Secretary General, African Association for Remote Sensing of the Environment, 2008-current

    Trustee, African Association for Remote Sensing of the Environment, registered as a Section 21 company in South Africa

    Director, Sustainable Energy Technology and Research (SeTAR) Centre, Faculty of Science, University of Johannesburg 2008 – current.

    Chairman, Household Energy Safety Association Board of Trustees