Ashley Collins

Ashley was born and raised in Paarl. Matriculated in 2009. He started my nursing career through Mediclinic learning centre in 2011, where he qualified in 2013 as an enrolled nurse. After training he went to theatre. He started as a floor nurse and made the transition to anaesthetic nurse in 2016. In November 2018 Ashley relocated to Cape Town to perfect his skills and broaden his knowledge about my career. A front runner of improving our anaesthesia set up by getting feedback from doctors.

Francois van Heyningen

Francois is currently working as an anaesthetics registrar at Groote Schuur Hospital. He has worked in many different environments from cruise liners to Khayelitsha, and through this Francois has developed a passion for anaesthetics, emergency medicine, and critical care. He is keen on the outdoors and traveling overland (especially through Africa), always wanting to learn more about the world, and to pass on knowledge where he can.

Dean Christopher Nolte

Dean moved to Johannesburg last year (from Cape Town) to take up an appointment at the new Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital as part of a dynamic and exuberant team of anaesthetists. He (strangely) loves the Highveld, but misses the Cape immensely; his medical education background started at the University of the Witwatersrand (M.B.B.Ch., 2005), continuing with specialisation at the University of Cape Town hospitals (including Red Cross Children’s Hospital). Dean has experience in both government and private practice anaesthesia.

He has clinical interests in paediatric cardiac and thoracic anaesthesia, peri-operative medicine (including the application of the notion of the “peri-operative home” in, especially, the paediatric population), difficult intravenous access, and orthopaedic and regional anaesthesia. Dean uses the modern-day stethoscope (ultrasound machine) wherever and whenever he can (a surgeon recently quipped). He is especially passionate about medical education (piloting a project on improving medical education skills with a team, under the auspices of the WFSA) and the application of social media in our medical careers.

Dean is the secretary and media liaison for PACSA., and the co-chair of this year’s PACSA National Conference (hosted in Gauteng).

He is wholly committed to the health/ well-being of children in South Africa, and the education of families, medical staff, and (naturally) patients.

He is avidly active, loves good food (and better wine), and is regularly on an adventure of sorts. He is regularly heard commenting that “My boss complains about my leave requests, but she loves me anyway…” This might still be the end of her.

Dr Caroline Corbett

Dr Caroline Corbett is a specialist anaesthesiologist that completed her medical undergraduate training at Wits Medical School and then specialized as an anesthesiologist. She has been in private practice since 2010 and has worked extensively in both Johannesburg and Cape Town. Dr Corbett is a council member of the South African Society of Anaesthesiologists and the convener of the Private Practice Business Unit. She is actively involved in the education and teaching of anaesthetists and has a special interest in Paediatric anaesthesia in ENT surgery, complex hepato-biliary surgery and day case/ambulatory anaesthesia. She is also a director of a medical technology company currently involved in tech development and manufacturing, and is passionate about innovation within healthcare.

Dr Corbett lives and practices in Cape Town in solus practice.

Dirk van Zijl

Dirk van Zijl obtained his FCA in 2001 whilst at the University of Cape Town where he produced a number of publications and won several local and national awards during his nine year tenure.

Dirk joined Southern Anaesthetics in 2006 and is currently the CEO of the group. He has been an active member of the SASA WC committee every year since 1998, founding member of the SASA PPBU in 2008, and immediate past president of SASA.

Of relevance to this particular talk, he is married to Dr Kathleen Ross – a specialist Geriatrician

Dom van Dyk

Dominique completed her undergraduate and postgraduate medical training at UCT. She has been employed as a full time consultant at Groote Schuur Hospital since 2007. She has been the lead clinician for obstetric anaesthesia at Groote Schuur and Mowbray Maternity Hospitals since 2011, as well as serving as a provincial anaesthetic assessor for the National Commission on Confidential Enquiries into Maternal Deaths. Her professional interests include the care of obstetric patients with cardiac disease, complicated preeclampsia and multisystem disorders.

Dr Jane Orrock

Jane is currently a registrar in the Department of Anaesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine at UCT and shares clinical responsibilities and training rotations at Groote Schuur, Red Cross, New Somerset and Mowbray Maternity Hospitals.

She obtained her MBChB degree from the University of Pretoria and then worked as a civilian medical officer in the SANDF. A keen interest in aviation medicine got her involved in various aspects of the medical coordination, facilitation and retrieval services for patients requiring medical assistance to access levels of healthcare not locally available. She then took up a full-time position for an international medical assistance company which offered the opportunity to work in various roles in various locations across the globe and experience some aspects and challenges of healthcare systems in other countries.

She is happily settled back in South Africa and has recently relocated from Gauteng to Cape Town to complete her specialist training.

Registrar time offers much opportunity during the four year program for learning but also to share our knowledge with medical students, interns, nurses and other allied healthcare providers who share the training platform with us. She is grateful to be involved in facilitating the anaesthesia nursing program offered through our Department and appreciates the value and need to up skill providers in their scope of practice.

She enjoys travel, the outdoors and exploring new destinations, but has this hobby on hold for the next couple of years….

Natalie Zimmelman

Natalie Zimmelman has been working in the professional body arena since 2004, starting with SAICA as Project Director: Transformation and Growth and ending as the General Manager of AAT(SA) before joining SASA as its CEO in November 2014.

Zimmelman holds a BSc in Biological Life Sciences from Wits University, an MBA from the University of Pretoria (GIBS), a Paper and Boardmaking Diploma, a Higher Diploma in Corporate Law from the University of Johannesburg, a coaching qualification from the University of Cape Town’s centre for Coaching Excellence and a medico-legal mediation certificate from UCT/Mediation in Motion.  She is a lifelong learner dedicated to the development of skills and professionalism in South Africa.

Leon du Toit

Leon is a specialist anaesthetist and senior lecturer at the University of Cape Town and Groote Schuur Hospital. He is also a master’s student in epidemiology and biostatistics at UCT’s School of Public Health. He has an interest in the epidemiology of patient outcomes after non-cardiac surgery. His research supports the work of the African Surgical Outcomes (ASOS) group. He is part of the steering committee for the ASOS-2 trial (investigating increased postoperative surveillance for high risk patients) and the ASOS-3 project (developing strategies to reduce the impact of bleeding during and after caesarean delivery).


Dr Marcelle Jagga


Junior Consultant Department Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine University of Cape Town.

Currently working at Red Cross War Memorial Hospital. Passionate about Point of Care Ultrasound and teaching.

Estie Cloete

Estie Cloete

Estie Cloete MBChB DA(SA) FCA(SA)

Consultant Groote Schuur/UCT

District Anaesthetist Metro West New Somerset Hospital

Special interest Pediatric Anaesthesia esp wrt safety