Safe and Quality Healthcare for all South Africans


We act independently, impartially, fairly and fearlessly on behalf of the people of South Africa in guiding, monitoring and enforcing health care safety and quality standards in health establishments


Our values are informed by the South African Constitution and Batho Pele Principles:
“Human dignity; freedom and the achievement of equality; and that people must come first”

“To protect and promote the health and safety of health services users” implies that we:

  1. Act as the champion of the public and of healthcare users so as to restore credibility and trust
  2. Respect healthcare users and their families as well as healthcare staff
  3. Push for effectiveness in achieving health system change and social impact
  4. Strive for excellence, innovation and efficiency in our operations
  5. Are truthful, fair and committed to intellectual honesty
  6. Practice transparency but respect confidentiality
  7. Achieve the highest standards of ethical behaviour, teamwork and collaboration
  8. Promote professionalism, compassion, diversity, and social responsibility


The OHSC has been created by the National Health Amendment Act of 2013 and, in terms of section 78 of the Act, the objects of the Office are to protect and promote the health and safety of users of health services by:

  • Monitoring and enforcing compliance by health establishments with norms and standards prescribed by the Minister of Health in relation to the national health system.
  • Ensuring consideration, investigation and disposal of complaints relating to non-compliance with prescribed norms and standards for health establishments in a procedurally fair, economical and expeditious manner.

The term health establishment refers to both public and private healthcare services and facilities (see formal definition below). It includes hospitals and primary healthcare clinics and extends to emergency medical services, hospices, private medical practices and institutions offering frail care.

The functions of the OHSC are set out in Section 29 of the Act which states that the Office must:

  • Advise the Minister of Health on determining norms and standards that are to be prescribed for the national health system and on the review of such norms and standards.
  • Inspect and certify health establishments as compliant or non-compliant with prescribed norms and standards or, where appropriate, withdraw such certification.
  • Investigate complaints relating to breaches of prescribed norms and standards.
  • Monitor indicators of risk to develop an early warning system related to serious breaches of norms and standards and report breaches to the Minister without delay.
  • Make recommendations for intervention by national, provincial or municipal health departments or by individual health establishments to ensure compliance with prescribed norms and standards.
  • Publish information relating to prescribed norms and standards through the media and, where appropriate, to specific communities
  • Recommend to the Minister quality assurance and management systems for the national health system.

The Act states that the Office may also:

  • Issue guidelines to help health establishments implement the prescribed norms and standards.
  • Request or collect any information on prescribed norms and standards from health establishments and health service users.
  • Liaise with and exchange information with other regulatory authorities on matters of common interest and specific complaints or investigations.
  • Negotiate co-operative agreements with any regulatory authority in order to co-ordinate and harmonise their work where their jurisdictions are closely related.


The OHSC is listed as a national public entity in terms of the Public Finance Management Act.


In terms of the National Health Act:

The national health system is the South African system that comprises both public and private sector entities that are concerned with the financing, provision or delivery of health services.

A health establishment is a public or private institution, facility, building or place – or part thereof – that is operated or designed to provide in-patient or out-patient treatment, diagnostic or therapeutic interventions, nursing, rehabilitative, palliative, convalescent, preventive or other health services.

Main Areas of Work

The work of OHSC is structured around the following four key areas:


  1. Compliance Inspectorate, Certification and Enforcement – This programme manages the inspection of health establishments to assess compliance with national health systems’ norms and standards, certify health establishments as compliant or non-compliant with prescribed norms and standards and take enforcement action against non-compliant health establishments. This process will also consider information from the Complaints Centre and reports of the Early Warning System.


  1. Health Standard Design, Analysis and Support – It provides a high-level technical, analytical and educational support to the mandate of the Office in relation to the research, development and analysis of norms and standards; and support, capacity building and establishment of communication networks with stakeholders.


  1. Complaints management and Office of the Health Ombud – It aims to consider, investigate and dispose of complaints relating to non-compliance with prescribed norms and standards in a procedurally fair, economical and expeditious manner.


  1. Corporate Services – it aims to provide the financial, human resources, IT and administrative support necessary for the OHSC to deliver on its mandate and comply with all relevant legislative requirements.

Organisational Structure

OHSC Organisational Structure


The OHSC has its roots in the National Health Act of 2003 which recognised the need to foster good quality health services and made provision for an “Office of Standards Compliance” to be created within the Department of Health (DOH). It also provided for inspectorates of health establishments to be established in all provinces.

The Act envisaged that the office set up within the DOH would play a dual role: it would advise on how to improve quality of care as well monitoring and reporting on non-compliance with health standards. This office was established as a cluster of DOH in 2008 and played an active role in driving quality assurance systems in the public health sector.

This cluster also co-ordinated the development of a comprehensive set of National Core Standards for Health Establishments (NCS). The process involved extensive consultation and piloting of the NCS before they were finally adopted by the National Health Council as policy, applicable in all provinces. Detailed tools for measuring compliance with the NCS were subsequently developed and health establishments began to self-evaluate using these tools.

However, even as the Office within the department was taking shape and generating national standards, broader health policy evolved and it became clear that there was a need for an independent body to certify health establishments in both the public and private sectors. This was especially relevant in the light of the 2011 decision to introduce a system of national health insurance over the course of the next 14 years and create a national health insurance fund which would purchase services only from certified healthcare providers.

The internal office became the springboard for the creation of this independent regulator, the Office of Health Standards Compliance (OHSC). Drawing on international best practice and insights from various regulatory bodies in South Africa, the office assisted in the drafting of the relevant legislation and developed a business case for the envisaged OHSC.

In addition, a national inspectorate of health establishments was set up within the DOH in 2011. The intention was that members of the inspectorate would transfer to the OHSC once the legislative process had been concluded and the OHSC had been created as a public entity.

A dedicated training course was developed for inspectors, and senior members of the team had opportunity to undergo additional training at the Care Quality Commission in the United Kingdom.

From 2012 to March 2015, the inspectorate conducted over 1 000 inspections of clinics, health centres, hospitals and district health offices as part of their preparation and training. While relevant health establishments participated voluntarily in this process and the DOH lacked the authority to certify compliant establishments, the progress was extremely valuable because it:

  • Provided an indication of the overall level of performance of health establishments in the public health system in relation to NCS.
  • Produced extremely useful information on the adequacy of the NCS for measuring quality of care. This knowledge is being applied in the drafting of the first regulations on norms and standards.
  • Gave health establishments a foretaste of the inspection process and how this could be used constructively to guide quality improvement.

The above developments ensured that, when the National Health Amendment Act was promulgated in 2013, giving birth to the OHSC, there was fairly widespread understanding in the healthcare sector of the concept of certification against prescribed standards.

OHSC Board

The OHSC functions under control of a Board appointed by the Minister of Health in terms of the National Health Amendment Act of 2013.

The Board is the accounting authority of the Office and is responsible for determining the policy of the OHSC and undertaking strategic planning for the functions of the Office.

The Act specifies that the Board should consist of seven to twelve members. Most members are selected on the basis of specific expertise and experience in various areas of healthcare, the law, finance and economics, the private and public healthcare systems, and quality assurance. One member represents organised labour and one is a representative of civil society organisations.

The Minister makes the final selection of members from individuals nominated by institutions of higher learning, civil society organisations, trade unions and other organisations in response to adverts in the Government Gazette and national press.

The Chief Executive Officer and the Chief Financial Officer of the OHSC are ex officio members of the Board.

The current Board of the OHSC, appointed in January 2014, is as follows:


Chairperson: Professor Lizo Mazwai

Professor Mazwai is a specialist surgeon who has had a life-long association with Walter Sisulu University in the Eastern Cape where he served as Professor of Surgery and Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences. He is currently a specialist surgeon in private practice and volunteer consultant responsible for training in surgery at Nelson Mandela Academic Hospital in Mthatha. He is a member of the Eastern Cape Planning Commission, former chair of the South African Medical Research Council board and has served as senior-vice president of the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa.


Deputy Chairperson: Dr Audrey Montshiwa


Professor Ethelwynn Stellenberg

She is acting head of nursing at the University of Stellenbosch. Her 28-year career as a professional nurse included a period as nursing service manager of a 300-bed surgical unit at Tygerburg Hospital, Cape Town. Her research in recent years has focused on continuous quality assurance in clinical environments.

Professor Stuart Whittaker

He is founder and chief executive of the Council for Health Service Accreditation of Southern Africa. He is an authority in the area of quality assurance and quality improvement in the field of healthcare and has consulted on these matters to the World Health Organisation.

Dr Bandile Masuku


Mr Bada Pharasi


Mr Abdul Kariem Hoosain

OHSC Management

Dr. Siphiwe Mndaweni

Chief Executive Officer

Mr Bafana Msibi

Executive Manager – Compliance Inspectorate

Office of the CEO

Bafana Msibi is a qualified health professional who has more than 15 years of experience in implementing and managing health care projects and programmes. In addition, he has extensive experience in leading compliance inspection work and health standards development. He holds a degree in Health Science Education and Management and is currently studying towards a Master’s Degree: Public Health (MPH) with the University of Limpopo. He is currently the Executive Manager, Compliance Inspections and he is Acting as a Chief Executive Officer in the Office of Health Standards Compliance (OHSC). He has contributed greatly in the establishment of the OHSC, development of the National Core Standards including the review of the current Assessment Tools and the Norms & Standards Regulations. He previously served as the Director: Compliance Inspections and Deputy Director of Women’s Health at the National Department of Health (NDOH). He made valuable contributions to the technical and programmatic management of women’s health and inspection programmes. In addition, he was also the District co-coordinator of Maternal Child and Women’s Health (MCWH) in the Free State Department of Health – Thabo Mofutsanyane District.


Mr Julius Mapatha

Chief Financial Officer and Executive Manager: Corporate Services

Mr Julius Mapatha has over twenty-one (21) years working experience. During his working life he has occupied various technical and leadership positions covering the areas of finance, accounting, human resource and general management. This experience has been acquired in various sectors covering mining, FMCGs, NGOs, trade and investment promotion.

Winnifred “Winnie” Moleko

Executive Manager: Health Standards Design, Analysis and Support

Winnie Moleko a highly experienced professional nurse holds Diploma in general nursing and Midwifery; a degree in Nursing Education, Community Nursing and Nursing Management (MEDUNSA); Master’s in Education (MEd) for Primary Health Care (University of Manchester –UK); Post Graduate Diploma in HIV/AIDS Management (University of Stellenbosch); Advance Course in Health Management (FPD and YALE University) and Masters in Philosophy (HIV/AIDS Management) from the University of Stellenbosch.

Advocate Makhwedi Makgopa-Madisa

Director: Certification and Enforcement

Advocate Makgopa-Madisa is a qualified legal professional. She posses an LLB Degree from the University of Limpopo, LLM Degree (Corporate Law) from the University of Pretoria and a Certificate in Public Finance Management for Non-Financial Managers from University of Pretoria. She commenced her career as a Legal Intern for the Department of Agriculture and was later employed on contractual basis by the Department of the Correctional Services – Legal Services Division. When the contract expired she served as a Legal Administrative Officer for the Department of Public Works and moved to the Department of Trade and Industry as an Assistant Director: Contract Compliance. Before she joined the Office of Health Standards Compliance in March 2016, she was a Legal Administrative Officer in the National Department of Health

Mr Ricardo Mahlakanya

Director: Communications and Stakeholder Relations

Ricardo Mahlakanya is a qualified communications and media relations professional with a B-Tech Degree from Tshwane University of Technology. Over the years, he worked for a number of government and parastatals in areas such as communications, media relations, campaigns and stakeholder relations just to name but a few. He is currently pursuing his Honours Degree in Communications with University of South Africa.

Ms Matshidiso Montsho

Director: Compliance Inspectorate – Routine

Matshidiso Montsho acquired a Masters in Business Administration through Regent business school and a B Cur qualification in nursing. She is also qualified in trauma and orthopaedic nursing. She worked at various management positions at Netcare Hospitals. Her last role was as Executive manager at Clinix Health Group as well as director for Clinix Health Academy before joining Office of Health standards Compliance.

Mr Monnatau Tlholoe

Director: Compliance Centre and Assessment

Monnatau Moses Tlholoe is Director of Complaints Centre and Assessment. He has 20 years of experience in the Public Service Health Sector, including management experience in Nursing Services Management and General Hospital Management. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Administration and Education and he is in his final stage of studying towards a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree. He also holds numerous management certificates. Among his notable achievements is his role in the implementation of the National Core standards in Primary Health Care health establishments in Dr Kenneth Kaunda District, North West and he participated in the Inspection Team for private health establishments in the same district. He has a passion for service delivery and staff development. He believes every organisational success depends on leadership capacity and development.

Dr Grace Labadarios

Director: Health Standards Development

Dr Grace Labadarios graduated from the University of Stellenbosch in 1992 with an MBChB following which she returned to the UK, her place of birth. She obtained the Diploma of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (DRCOG) in 1996, the Certificate of the Joint Committee on Postgraduate Training for General Practice (JCPTGP) in 1999 and became a Member of the Royal College of General Practitioners (MRCGP) in March 2010. She joined COHSASA in 2011 as the GP Accreditation Programme Coordinator and was responsible for all standards development from July 2013 until September 2015. She joined the Office of Health Standards Compliance in October 2015 as the Director of Health Standards Research, Design and Development.

Mr Jonas Phoshoko

Director: Finance and Supply Chain Management

Mr. Jonas Lesetja Phoshoko is a Master of Business Leadership (MBL) from the School of Business Leadership of UNISA and a BCom (Accounting) graduate from the University of Limpopo (former University of the North). He has over ten (10) years’ experience and has occupied various management positions in the field of finance and accounting. Major part of his management experience was acquired in public sector, mainly is public entities.

Mr Jay Tulsee

Director: Information Technology and Document Management

Jay Tulsee joined OHSC in October 2014 as the CIO/Director of ICT. Tulsee has 25 years of health care IT experience. Prior to joining OHSC, Tulsee held a variety of senior positions in IT with several Health organisations. Tulsee holds a diploma in medical technology, information technology and a master’s degree in business management.

Mr Phillip Moholola

Director: Human Resources and Administration

Mr P Moholola joined the Office of the Health Standards Compliance in December 2014. He holds B Admin Honours degree, specialising in human resources management, from the University of the North (now Limpopo University). He is currently in the process of completing an MBA qualification with Tshwane University of Technology. He has extensive experience in all areas of human resources management, including ten years at senior management level.

Adv  Motatetsi Mantsho

Director: Governance, Strategy and Board Secretariat

Ms Helen Phetoane

Senior Investigator: Healthcare Complaints

Mr  Khehla Khoza

Senior Investigator: Legal Issues: Complaints

Mr Khehla Khoza

Senior Investigator: Legal Issues: Complaints

Mr Terrance Magoro

Director: Systems and Data Analysis

Health Ombud

The Minister of Heath has appointed Professor Malegapuru William Makgoba as the first Health Ombud since 1 June 2016.

The Minister of Heath has appointed Professor Malegapuru William Makgoba as the first Health Ombud since 1 June 2016.

The Office of Health Ombud is an independent body established in terms of the National Health Amendment Act of 2013 and is located within the OHSC and responsible to consider, investigate and dispose complaints from the public related to breaches of norms and standards of both public or private healthcare establishments. The Office also ensures that the healthcare users complaint is heard, investigated and redressed in a fair, economical and expeditious manner. The National Health Amendment Act of 2013 specifies that:

  • The Health Ombud must operate fairly and deal with complaints swiftly.
  • The Health Ombud must report his findings and recommendations to the person who laid the complaint and the health establishment concerned.
  • The Health Ombud must make a recommendation for action at the end of every investigation and the CEO of the OHSC must ensure that this recommendation is carried out.
  • The Act directs the Health Ombud to perform his functions “in good faith and without fear, favour, bias or prejudice”.

The Act also provides the Health Ombud (and OHSC staff assisting the Ombud) with powers to facilitate thorough investigation. These include:

  • Obtaining affidavits or statements from relevant individuals.
  • Directing any person to appear before him or her and questioning this person.
  • Requiring any person to produce evidence or documentation.