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Cape Health Tech Week

Wrap Up Report of the Week

About Cape Health Tech Week 2020

Cape Health Tech Week 2020

Over four days in November, leading industry experts came together for the first virtual Cape Health Tech Week. Over the four days, viewers had access to practical insights and insiders views across a range of topics from funding and support, localisation, regulations and innovations.

Why Cape Town and the Western Cape?

Cape Town and the Western Cape has a thriving health tech industry and burgeoning R&D landscape, four top universities, a multitude of academic hospitals and world-class infrastructure. Here at the tip of Africa, our industry is not only imagining the future of medical innovation, but they are also creating it.





10:00 – 11:00

Cape Government Support

Want to find out more about support from the Western Cape Government and City of Cape Town? Then hear from the right people about what support and programmes are available.

Watch webinar here.

11:30 – 12:30

Lessons from Start-ups

Are you a start-up? Do you feel like you’ve been faced with daily challenges and barriers? Hear from local companies, who share their stories and lessons of breaking through.

Watch webinar here.

14:00 – 16:30

Funding Pitching Session

If you’re looking for financial backing for your product or service, here you can pitch your idea to a funding panel consisting of both public and private funders. 

08:00 – 09:00

Covid Product Approvals

Andrea Keyter, Senior Manager from SAHPRA will focus on product approvals for Covid-19 related products and provide an overview of the regulations.

Watch webinar here.


10:00 – 11:00

Meet the Industry Bodies

Meet the national industry representatives who drive to foster the development of local products for South Africans and their vision for the policy environment.

Click here to meet industry bodies

14:00 – 15:00

Local Procurement and Q&A Session

Procurement by provincial and national government is a great opportunity to grow your business, provided you understand it. Government compliance and technical requirements can be daunting and challenging. We have asked the Western Cape Department of Health and Provincial Treasury to unpack what companies need to know when it comes to getting your product procured by the government. This will be a live panel discussion followed by a Q&A session.

Watch webinar here.

10:00 – 11:00

Intellectual Property & POPAI

Your IP has a financial value and therefore protecting it is important. We have asked industry experts to provide an overview of intellectual property protection in South Africa focusing specifically on health technology products. This session will be especially relevant for companies looking to understand intellectual property in relation to funding as well as exporting.

Watch webinar here.

14:00 – 15:00

SAHPRA Regulations

Are you based in SA? Do you produce health technology products? Then you need to comply with SAHPRA regulations. Join the SAHPRA team to understand the current and proposed requirements.

Watch webinar here.

15:30 – 16:30

Bio-economy Products

The Western Cape is home to the Cape Floral Kingdom. The diversity of plants available, coupled with the indigenous knowledge of the region, offers an abundance of opportunities. Listen to insights and the latest trends from the experts themselves.

Watch webinar here.

10:00 – 11:00

Who is doing what?

As the tech hub of Africa, Cape Town and the Western Cape is home to cutting-edge health technology and medical innovation. We catch up with the leaders, the innovators, breaking new ground.

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12:00 – 13:00


The complex landscape of health technology and medical innovation procurement within the SA public and private healthcare sectors means that local innovative products are not getting to market as hoped. With years of experience in both public and private sector, Prof Househam unpacks some of the complexities within the systems and shares insights to aid local entrepreneurs access this key market.

Watch webinar here.

16:00 – 17:00

Fast-Changing Landscapes

The Covid-19 pandemic has sparked increased interest in healthcare globally. During this session, experts provide overviews on what these trends mean for science, health tech and medical innovation, as well as consumers.

Watch webinar here.

Meet the Speakers

MEC David Maynier

Minister of Finance and Economic Opportunities Western Cape Government

On 09/11/20 – 9:00 – 9:30

David Maynier has served for the past ten years as a Member if the National Assembly in Parliament. During that time he has was a member or an alternate member of the Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans, Joint Standing Committee in Defence, Standing Committee on Public Accounts, Standing Committee on Appropriations and Standing Committee on Finance. 

Maynier has a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Honours) from the University of Cape Town and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Harvard University. He will be working round the clock over the next five years to: grow the economy and create jobs; maintain stable public finances; promote clean government in the Western Cape.

Valter Adaeo

Deloitte Africa’s Chief Digital and Innovation Officer

On 11/11/20 – 16:00 – 17:00

Leading Deloitte’s Digital, Innovation and Venturing portfolio’s, Adao is a member of the firm’s Global Innovation Executive, the former founder of Monitor Deloitte, and the leader of Deloitte Digital in the region.

A corporate entrepreneur with extensive experience in venturing and commercialising businesses across a number of industries, Adao works with the CEO’s of leading organization’s to scale innovative and impactful technology concepts into high growth, sustainable entities. He is a professor of practice at the Johannesburg Business School, and a faculty member of Singularity University.

Recipient of the Constellation Business Transformation 150 awards, which recognises top global executives leading digital business transformation efforts, Adao is recognised by the South African Professional Services Academy, as the Big 4 Professional of the Year, and a finalist for the Digital Professional of the Year.

Craig Househam

On 12/11/20 – 12:00 – 13:00

Professor Craig Househam is a graduate of the University of Cape Town having completed both under and post-graduate study at this university. He is a specialist paediatrician and holds an honorary professorship from the University of the Free State where he headed the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health until January 1995.

Thereafter he became the Head of the Free State Health Department in February 1995 a post which he held until 2001. In 2002, he was appointed as Head of the Western Cape Department of Health, a post which he held until his retirement on 31 March, 2015. During his term of office, health services in the Western Cape underwent significant restructuring with the implementation of Healthcare 2010 by the Western Cape Government. As Head of Health in the Free State and the Western Cape Professor Househam served on various national and provincial bodies and management structures.

Andrea Keyter

Senior Manager at SAHPRA

On 10/11/20 – 8:00 – 9:00

Keyter is a pharmacist with over 10 years of experience within the field of regulatory affairs, quality assurance, quality risk management, pharmaceutical production, complementary medicines manufacture, and risk-based inspection planning.

Responsible for the application of the medical device regulatory framework in South Africa and for the regulation of medical devices and in vitro diagnostics, Keyter is currently the Chair of the African Medical Device Forum and an assessor and trainer for the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Benchmarking Tool (GBT).

Palesa Ryan

Head of Origination and Coverage DBSA

On 09/11/20 – 14:00 – 16:30

Palesa Ryan is the Head of Origination and Coverage for Social, Health and Education sectors at the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA). She has more than 16 years of experience in the financial services industry; spanning across South Africa’s big four banks as well as the Land Bank of South Africa. Her work experience includes Credit, Workout and Restructuring, Business (Relationship Management) and Private Equity.

Prior to joining DBSA, Palesa managed the Workout and Restructuring Business Unit at Land Bank, which led the turnaround of the bank’s non-performing loan book in the agricultural sector. During her tenure, she also sat on numerous committees as either a voting or an alternate member on Credit, Pricing and Asset and Liability Management Committee (“ALCO”) for the Land Bank. She has also served as the Vice President and Head of Non-Bank Financial Institutions (“NBFI”) for ABSA Group Limited.

Santie Roy

Director Supply Chain Sourcing, WCDOH

On 10/11/20 – 14:00 – 15:30

Santie started her career in supply chain with the world’s largest private healthcare provider, HCA. She has since worked in the construction, oil & gas, property, facilities management, media and manufacturing industries.

Before joining Western Cape Government Health, in 2014, Santie led strategic outsourcing projects in the UK & mainland Europe, engaging with leading service providers to establish mutually beneficial long-term partnerships.

Santie believes that supply chain officials are in a unique position to gain a deep understanding of their customers and service providers, and that public sector supply chain organizations can embrace private sector practices for delivery of optimal commercial and outcomes.



I missed Cape Health Tech Week, can I access the content?

Yes, you can.  All the sessions where recorded and you can find them under the program section of the website.

I would like to ask one of the speakers a question about their session, how can I do this?


Please send through your question to and we will forward it onto the relevant speaker on your behalf.

    I missed the opportunity to pitch my product/company to the panel of funders, what should I do?

    You can find the details of the funders under the “Funders” tab including information on their application processes, the type of support/funding available and what sort of projects they are looking to support. You are welcome to contact the funders directly and submit your own application, or can contact us ( if you would like to take part in our next funding pitching session and funding pitching masterclass.

    I am interested in broadening my network within the health technology sector, who should I contact?

    We would encourage you to browse our “Industry bodies” page, there are some exciting membership opportunities available with amazing support structures, benefits and networking opportunities.




    The Western Cape is Open for Business

    Membership Opportunities

    Economic Impact of Emerging Health Technologies

    Western Cape Trade & FDI Flows on Health Technology

    Case Study: The importance of PPA Collaboration

    What do you need to succeed in the future of health?

    What makes Cape Town the health tech capital of Africa?

    Shonaquip Story – A medical ecosystem success story made in the Western Cape

    The Afrigen Story – A first in Africa, based in Cape Town and the Western Cape

    The Cape Bio-Pharms Story – Affordability and collaboration makes the Western Cape the ideal base for Bio-Pharm

    The H3D Story – An African story told from Cape Town and the Western Cape

    The Biovac Story – Why Cape Town’s location is critical for vaccination manufacturing