Vision and Aims

Vision

Optimal oral health for all infants, children, adolescents and persons with special needs.

Aims
  • Promote oral health and well being of the children of South Africa by facilitating continuing education, courses, seminars and congresses, by promoting outreach projects and by distributing educational material to the public
  • Stimulate enthusiasm amongst colleagues to continually strive for excellence in Paedodontics
  • Promote education and research in Paedodontics
  • Foster the preventative and therapeutic practice of the discipline
  • Provide dentists with the latest and most up to date information on paedodontic treatment modalities and materials
  • Seek affiliation with similar international organisations
  • Undertake service projects which will benefit children of defined communities
  • Strive to get the practice of Paedodontics recognised as a speciality by the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) and to assist in establishing an appropriate curriculum at the various tertiary academic institutions.

History

The Paedodontic Society of South Africa has come a long way. It was started in 1980 by a group of young dentists who were genuinely interested in the welfare of their patients, intent on practicing the gold standard of dentistry and maintaining the high reputation of South African Dentists among the international community. Proudly a number of these dentists, namely. Tony Widmonte, Geoff Melman and Prof Sid Setzer are still on the committee today.

The Committee

Dr. Marietjie Weakley
President
Dr. Brad Selvan
Vice President
Dr. Stephen Horwitz
Honouree Treasurer
Dr. Yuvthi Rampersadh
Honouree Secretary
Dr. Sameera Yusufmia
Member
Prof. Nadia Mohamed
Member
Dr. Riaan Mulder
Member
Dr. Chelsea Cahi
Member
Dr. Geoff Melman
Member
Dr. Tony Widmonte
Member
Dr. Anisa Pandor
Member
Prof. Syd Setzer
Member
Prof. John Lemmer
Member
Dr. Soraya Harnekar
Member
Dr. Arifullah Ahmed
Member

Past Presidents

Dr. Janet Gritzman
2003-2017
Prof. John Lemmer
2000-2003
Dr. Mark Wertheimer
1996-2000
Prof. Sid Setzer
1995
Dr. Stan Hack
1992 - 1994
Dr. Geoff Melman
1991
Dr. Stan Hack
1987
Dr. B. Scherman
1985 - 1986
Dr. Alek Rifkin
1982 - 1983
Prof. Sid Setzer
1980 - 1981