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The Steve Biko Centre for Bioethics

We are a university-based centre committed to the values of justice, dignity, respect and freedom - both intellectual and academic.

The Centre is a Faculty centre situated in the School of Clinical Medicine.

The Steve Biko Centre for Bioethics contributes to excellence in bioethics by:

  • Developing national and international research programmes,
  • Ongoing curriculum development and teaching,
  • Collaborating with other developing and developed world-based bioethicists on training and research projects,
  • Advising health providers on policy matters, including resource allocation, rationing of health care services and monitoring standards of care for the ethical practice of the caring professions including medicine, dentistry, nursing, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and pharmacy,
  • Providing an ethics consultation service at hospitals and clinics within the academic hospitals as well as the primary health care settings,
  • Providing NGOs and other community groups with health care ethics advice and
  • Community outreach as a social responsibility 

Learn more about what Bioethics is. 


Annual Ethics Alive Symposium




The Gauteng Mental Health Marathon Project (Life Esidimeni Tragedy) has highlighted the lack of access not only to clinical and technical resources for our patients, but also to ethical practice and care. Equity considerations include the promise of our much anticipated NHI and whether or not progressive universalism will be a reality in light of the current context.



  • Mr Pravin Gordhan

Mr Gordhan served as the Minister of Finance twice: From 2009-2014, and again from December 2015 to March, 2017. He is currently a Member of Parliament and the Minister of Public Enterprises.

  •  Professor Malegapuru Makgoba

Prof Makgoba is a leading South African immunologist, physician, public health advocate, academic and former vice-chancellor of the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He is the first Health Ombud in the country.

  • Professor Elmi Muller

Prof Muller qualified in general surgery in 2004.  Her pioneering work with disadvantaged people has changed the trajectory of many lives. She is the Head of the Transplantation Service at Groote Schuur Hospital as well as the Head of General Surgery at UCT.


DATE: 15 March 2018

TIME: 18h00

VENUE: Public Health Auditorium, Wits Education Campus, Parktown


RSVP TO: by the 8th of March, 2018








17h30 Registration

18h00 Opening and Welcome to Dialogue: Professor Ames Dhai, Director, Steve Biko Centre for Bioethics


Programme Chaired by Associate Professor Kevin Behrens, Steve Biko Centre for Bioethics


18h10 Professor Roy Thomas: Playing God in Organ Donation

         Chief Executive, Kidney Wales Foundation


18h40 Dr Shoyab Wadee: Presumed Consent and Organ Shortage

         Nephrologist, Wits University and Donald Gordon Medical Centre


19h00 Professor Magda Slabbert: Presumed Consent with Routine Referral

         Professor of Law, Department of Jurisprudence, UNISA


19h20 Professor Saraladevi Naicker: Improving Kidney Transplant Rates in South Africa - Increasing Living

         Kidney Donation by Paired Exchanges and Donor Chains

         Chairperson - Ministerial Advisory Committee on Unrelated Organ Transplant


19h40 Panel Discussion

20h30 Closure: Miss Rubina Valodia, Chair, Wits Students Bioethics Society


Date Monday, 12 March 2018

Venue Marie Curie Lecture Theatre, Wits Medical School, Parktown

Ethics CPD 2

Contact Person

Telephone (011)717 2190