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The Department of Anaesthesiology at the University of the Witwatersrand is the largest department of anaesthesia in the country, spread over 7 sites with 4 main sites and 3 satellite sites. The department offers outreach support to several hospitals.

Staff establishment with description of functional categories

Our department has a total staff complement of 223 with 114 HPCSA training numbers. There are only 107 funded registrar posts, which are currently filled. We have 9 supernumerary registrar posts, 3 of which are filled. We have a major crisis with processing of documents for the supernumerary registrars who are of very high quality.

There are approximately 80 specialists across the platform. The department host 12 senior medical officers who function as consultants across the sites, and 21 medical officers. Posts are constantly being filled as medical officers move into registrar posts.

The executive committee is composed of the Academic Head, who also serves as a head of clinical unit at CMJAH, 2 chief specialists and 10 other heads of clinical units.

Head of Department:

Associate Professor, Palesa Motshabi Chakane

Contact Details
Medical Officer and Registrar Applications:

Ms Tholakele Nkosi
E-mail:,za, Phindile Twala ; Bettie Phiri

Finance, Student Affairs and Supernumerary Applications:

Ms Tholakele Nkosi 

Research and Postgraduate Academia:

Ms Dineo Tlale

Clinical heads and main sites
Clinical Heads
  • Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital: Dr PN Mogane
  • Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital: Prof E Oosthuizen
  • Helen Joseph Hospital: Dr B Gardner
  • Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital: Dr T Kleyenstuber
  • Thelle Mogwerane Hospital: Dr N Ngwenya
  • Wits Donald Gordon Medical Centre: Dr L Brannigan
  • Klerksdorp and Tshepong Hospitals: Dr A Mallier
Main Sites
  • Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital (CHBAH)
  • Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital (CMJAH)
  • Helen Joseph Hospital (HJH)
  • Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital (RMMCH)
Satellite Sites
  • Wits Donald Gordon Medical Centre (WDGMC)
  • Klerksdorp and Tshepong Complex (KTHC)
  • Thelle Mogoerane Hospital (TMH)
Outreach Sites
  • Bertha Gxowa
  • Bheki Mlangeni
  • South Rand
  • Tambo Memorial
  • Bheki Mlangeni
  • Far East Rand
  • Pholosong