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Dr Terrence Kommal at a dinner with the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Shivraj Singh Chouhan

Dr Terrence Kommal and Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh Shivraj Singh Chouhan

This private dinner was held on 07 June 2014 at India House, Pretoria, by His Excellency Mr Virendra Gupta, High Commissioner of India and his wife Veenu Gupta.

Honoured to have been only one of two South African couples invited to the prestigious evening! The Chief Minister was amazingly humble and warm on the freezing evening! :-)

Exchanging a few words with Ajay Gupta again as usual was a a great pleasure. I last chatted to him in 2007, when I had no idea who he was! He remains a very simple person who honoured all the elders at the dinner with greetings showing pranams (hands together as in prayer) to each! Public perceptions as usual are misleading.

Transformation Policy training by Harvard School of Public Health


Dr Terrence Kommal together with Emeritis Prof Marc J Roberts and Prof Tom Bossert who are global leaders from Harvard School of Public Health

The Washington Fellowship by US President Obama has created Hope for African Youth


On a usual evening as I had been half watching tv and browsing some medical blogs, I noticed an advertisement on a DSTV Indian Bouquet for the Washington Fellowship/Young African Leaders Initiative by President Obama and administrated by IREX. At first I wasn’t sure what the ad was about as I was half watching. But then later that evening, during the prime time news on another channel, the full ad was shown again. My father who had been watching the same news raved that I must apply.

This initiative by the US President is a very heart warming one. With a full sponsorship by the US government and the willingness to invest in Africa and it’s youth is very encouraging

Of course, in between a busy work schedule I had to secure time to read up a bit more about the opportunity and the requirements. Essentially, a good African citizen, who believed that they can provide leadership in Africa in the sectors of Public Management, Civic services and business and entrepreneurship; between the ages of 25-35 years;and willing to travel to the US if selected. I was excited as the opportunity would allow the successful candidates to study in special programmes in the US as well as become a part of a continent wide alumni network, who can then further provide leadership and mentorship to others.

It took me four days to prepare my application and secure recent letters of support and submit it within five hours of the applications closing on 27 January 2014. The tedious process of being able to summaries the profile requirements and then submit the 3 x 250 word essays, were challenging and enriching.

After submission, I began checking up on the other related applicants who had made known in the likes of Facebook and twitter that they had indeed applied. It is amazing what a mix of applicants there are and their each unique varied backgrounds.

Now the applicants patiently await the feedback within the next two month from their respective embassies.

The “Medupi Plan” Executive Leadership case study is ludicrous

Medupi plan case study failure

I am currently sitting in a lecture by Dr Caren Scheepers (a Psychology PhD), based on the successes of the “Medupi Plan and the Medupi Way”. She is keen to drive the ‘pockets of success’ that the Medupi project had based on a video that she had developed with staff of the JV at Medupi and Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS). Of course, the video was developed whilst she was (and still is) a consultant on the project, and suddenly, I feel a biased to the project.

The ASELPH is a JV between University of Fort Hare, University of Pretoria, and Harvard School of Public Health, together withe National Department of Health of South Africa.

She was shocked when many of the fellows (ASELPH students) raised concerns, including by me, that her case study is based on a majorly failed project. Failed, in the sense that the project has exceeded its budget by 300% from R56 billion, to now projected R 160 billion, and the project is already long past its delivery date. It has also been plagued by strikes and failures that the political parties have called for fines and criminal charges to be leveled.

We were then instructed to deliberate on the “Empowering broad based action”. I then sought clarity on why the video demonstrated that all the JV contractors leadership are still of the fairer demographic and the image shown of people of colour are all the ‘labourers’. I also sought clarity where the skills transfer and the Broad Based black empowerment was to fit into the realism of the South African context. Dr Scheepers was quick to justly that empowerment was more than just people of colour, it was also “about ‘procurement’, and other matters”.

Excuse me?? I am not sure, and with me being a well read consultant on empowerment and labour matters, if Dr Scheepers has grasped the fact that government is driving home the fact that skills transfer is more than training the bricklayers. It is also about effective skills transfer and management capacity of to people of colour to correct the past imbalances.

I am also trying to understand why the Inkosi Chief Albert Luthuli Academic Hospital, in KZN or the Universitas Complex in the Free State, were not used as relevant case studies in an “Executive Leadership programme in Health“. There maybe lessons to be learnt, in spite of the major failures and financial implications to the nation for the Medupi project, but a relevant Health case study would be more vital and relevant to Executive Health Leaders.

In a group of 99% black Exective Leaders in Health, with the intention to build capacity, I feel insulted that a consultant in a project that is now seen as a major national problem with huge and long term financial implications, feels it is the most relevant to Health.

I have consulted with a Professor in Public Health who is also a part of the esteemed Faculty, who shares similar concerns about relevance and applicability.




Shockingly sold by sellers at the NACSA


After leaving home at 6am to attend the National Achievers Congress at the Sandton Convention Centre, I was amped for a great day of valuable content and presentations. Of course after the crazy high fees for the two day congress, I expected a focus on promoting and upskilling entrepreneurs.

There was some great content by the likes of Les Brown and some of the other presenters, but there was the ironic sales pitches by many of the presenters who wanted to sell training courses on sales and presentations by selling to people who already PAID for this hoping to get this at this congress. The focused selling strategy by the presenters was fantastic, but sadly for their own benefit primarily.

Credit must be given to the organisers for the strong sell through strategy and up-selling focus as there was some value generated for the attendees. However not enough value was generated to for the people who already were there to learn, although the key benefits were only for the presenters and organisers.

I attended for the main focus of networking and did meet a few key people like DJ Sbu and others. Once I continue to nurture these relationships and add value to each, I am certain there will be mutual value creation.

More updates tomorrow…

The benefits and value of doctors in managed healthcare leadership and management at the Managed Healthcare Symposium

Dr Terrence Kommal managed healthcare

The benefits and value of doctors in managed healthcare leadership and management

Dr Terrence Kommal managed healthcare

I have finally managed to make the time to edit (basic editing of course) the entire video of my presentation at the Managed Healthcare symposium in Johannesburg.

The presentation was on: The benefits and value of doctors in managed healthcare leadership and management.

The video is just over an hour long, but details my perspective on both the challenges and opportunities in having more doctors in healthcare leadership and managed, especially in the managed healthcare environments.

There some controversial views presented, but these are my perspectives and not on behalf of any organisation. Agreed, controversy is good, so it would be great to hear your views!


Managed Healthcare in South Africa


Managed healthcare in South Africa in now in the spotlight and its prevalence is now highlighted by the Annual Managed Healthcare Symposium. At this symposium many leading minds and industry leaders presented in key challenges and opportunities in the current healthcare environment.

Many of the common concerns centered around false claims from medical practitioners and e regulatory framework win which managed healthcare operates in SA. it bacme apparent in e presentations that ,inch still has to be done, and key consultants from various organizations can add immense value in optimizing the operating procedure in many of the managed healthcare companies. These consultants current already work with a few leading managed healthcare companies, and as able to provide independent insight and perspectives into optimization strategies.

In terms of opportunities, it has become more and more apparent that protocol driven case management based on adequate medical doctor driven guidelines is critical. There are indeed guidelines hat exist but many of me have been opt used by health actuaries and costs management professionals.

I also presented at this conference and the thrust of the presentation was about having more medial doctors and people with adequate medical training in positions of leadership and management of managed healthcare organizations. A key value of this, is the already internalized understanding of direct patient management and their experience of having had to directly manage patients directly, in a range of environments. These various environments including their training periods as students and intern doctors.

World Hindi conference 2012


Today, 24th September 2012 marks the closing of the first World Hindi conference 2012 in Johannesburg, South Africa. It commemorated the closing of a greatly support and attended conference with delegates from around the world.

It was indeed heartening and interesting to note that conference was held in South Africa, in recognition of the Indian people of South Africa, their rich heritage and the cultural and linguistic ties between India and South Africa. The event as official inaugurated by Minister Praveen Gordhan, the Minister of Finance, South Africa.

The event was officiated by the Indian Minister of State External Affairs, Ms Praneet Kaur.

A key highlight of the conference was that this was a stand by both civil society as well as the government of India, in a collaborative effort to preserve and promote languages of the East.

The Hindi Shiksha Sangh, is probably the only Indian language promotion organization that has been so successful in their efforts, hat they not only secured the support of. Government of India, but also have a dedicated local radio station for Hindi, Hindvani.

Hindvani is a nonprofit initiative that took years to establish, but is now a successful station with more than 200 000 listeners in the Durban and surrounding regions. Is success in the region, far exceeds that of the SABC funded and support station Lotus FM, that is more than 25 years old.

Hindi is the official language of India, and hence represents more than just a language, it represents a national pride, and heritage that is more than a few thousand years old. This pride has spread globally with the spread of the Indian diaspora globally.

Ironically many households India promote that heir children speak English, whilst the rest of the diaspora strives to preserve the usage of Hindi.




Working in Cape Town, is this another country?



Having borne the tedious and long drive down to Cape Town from Pretoria, my fiancé and I and now almost a week in Cape Town. Some may see this as an ordinary visit to the Mother City.

Of course, I see this as an amazing experience of varied people in almost a different country. The mindset of everyone is indeed a drastic difference from Pretoria and its hasty rush that we all usually thrive on. Here in the Cape there is almost and unhurried understanding that ‘all is well’.

With the likes of Silicon Cape based in Cape Town, and some of the most creative people living here it is no wonder how some of the most creative and ingenious work and been incubated here first.

Everyone is polite here, even the cleaners and people without any other reason to be nice, except that they indeed are just nice people. There is no pretense here, just plain old real people.

Currently a presentation to the Rotary is pending as well as meeting the new Consul General of India to South Africa, Cape Town. Exciting times ahead…

With three weeks to go, tons of people to meet and presentations to make, I indeed recommend anyone to take the time to spend a few days here…not for anything else but just to meet real people, in an unhurried environment.

Presentation at Joint Simulation and Training Africa 2012

Dr Terrence Kommal

It was indeed both a pleasure and honour to be invited by the IQPC to present as an expert presenter, for the Joint Simulation and Training Africa 2012. I was tasked to speak on a range of matters affecting medical training and simulations for Africa and the SADC.

With much stress and concern for such an important task, the presentation was done on 27 June 2012, at the CSIR.

Key people that were present were industry leaders such as Major General Hlatshwayo, Chief Director Operations of the Joint Operations division of the SANDF, Major General Mabuza, and other key industry leaders.

Some of the key challenges that are concerning the health support of military operations, are vital matters that affect armed forces not just in South Africa, but through Africa also. With South Africa seen as a key leader in approaches to managing these challenges, it was indeed a pleasure to share my thoughts and perspectives on how to deal with the challenges.

An excerpt from the main site of my tasked focus areas in the presentations:

“Medical simulation: the future of military health training?

15:30 Simulations for training in military and battlefield medicine: A future for SADC?

The challenges of training medics and doctors to perform emergency medicine on the battlefield
Surveying the available technologies and understanding their real benefits over traditional training methods
Cost and other practical concerns
The future of simulations in military medicine in SADC
Dr. Terrence Kommal
Military Medical Doctor Specializing in Military Health Training
1 Military Hospital & School for Military Health Training”

More info can be found on the , or you can email me and I can gladly share more insights on the conference.

Currently I am still at the workshop B of the conference, as a part of the key panel for this fantastic an innovative conference.






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