Organising Committee

Dr Thuthula Balfour

Head of Health
Minerals Council South Africa
Conference Chair

A qualified medical doctor and public health medicine specialist with an MBA. Currently the Head of Health at the Minerals Council South Africa.

She has a wealth of management experience that spans 23 years, 17 of which have been at a strategic level. The experience was gained in varied settings across the public and private sectors. Her key strengths lie in strategic leadership and analysis, advocacy and lobbying, project and financial management and stakeholder management. 

From 2012 – 2014, Dr Balfour chaired the successful Mining Lekgotla which was a platform for strategic engagement in the mining sector. 

She has served on several boards including the Department of Labour’s Compensation Board, the Department of Mineral Resource’s Mine Health and Safety Council and the South African Business Coalition on Health and AIDS (SABCOHA). Dr Balfour is an advocate for health and safety

 Dr Claire Deacon

Managing Member
Conference Co-chair

Claire Deacon is the Managing Member of OCCUMED cc, trading as claire deacon and associates (cd&a).  Claire has practiced as an Occupational Health Practitioner [OHNP] since 1982, with OCCUMED cc formed in 1994, and trading as cd&a since 2008. cd&a is an Associate of Coalition Trading 517 cc (t/a Construction Research Education and Training Enterprises (CREATE)) with Professor John Smallwood of Nelson Mandela University [NMU].  Claire is a Professional Construction Health and Safety Agent (PrCHSA), CHSA 010/2013.

Claire’s career commenced with a General Nursing Diploma at Groote Schuur Hospital, she qualified in Occupational Health at the University of Stellenbosch.  Other post graduate training include a B.Tech in Occupational Health at Peninsula Technikon; a BSc Med [Honours] in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Cape Town, and a Masters in Nursing [MCur] [by research] at the then University of Port Elizabeth (now NMU) that considered the Health Status of Construction Workers.  Claire was admitted to the prestigious Research Capacity Initiative [RCI] with the South African Netherlands Partnership for Alternative Development [SANPAD], which was completed cum laude.  Claire obtained her PhD (Construction Management) at NMU in 2016.  Claire currently presents the H&S modules on the MSc Construction H&S programme at the NMU, and publishes on construction H&S issues in the South African context. Work from her Masters (Occupational Health) has been used by the Green Building Council as part of their Social Responsibility points, and currently being considered by the Construction Industry Development Board (cidb) for a standard in primary health care.

Claire currently has dual registration with SA Council for Project and Construction Management Professions [SACPCMP], and the South African Nursing Council [SANC]. Claire has been re-appointed to serve on the 5th term council until 2022.  Roles within the SACPCMP have included: EXCO Committee, CPD, and HR Chair, and Registrations and Programme Accreditation Committees, and CHS Committee.  Other roles include examiner and moderator for the CHS officer and manager categories, as well as any other roles and representations required in the duties of the Council.

Claire is a member of a number of Voluntary Associations that includes: President of the Section 21 voluntary association [VA], the Association of Construction Health and Safety Management  [ACHASM]; the SA Society of Occupational Health Nurses [SASOHN]; the Chartered Institute of Building [CIOB]; the Institute of Safety and Health (IOSH) in the UK, and the Ergonomics Society of South Africa [ESSA] (General Board Member).

Claire has worked as a CHSA since 2004, on projects ranging in value from R500 thousand to R4billion.    
Her present interests are mentoring other, research and development in Health and Safety. Many research papers have been presented and published nationally and internationally.  Over and above all that, Claire attempts to balance work and life, enjoying good food and wine with family and friends, and trying not to fall off while mountain biking. 

Ms Debbie Myer 

Safety First Association

Mr Ehi Iden

Occupational Health and Safety Consultant

Ehi Iden is an Occupational Health and Safety Consultant with over 20 years’ work experience spanning through healthcare, patient safety and Occupational Health and Safety Management. He holds professional certificates in Industrial Hygiene, Society and Health, Global Social Entrepreneurship, Behavioural Medicine, Health and Wellness and an Advanced Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety Management. He also holds an MBA and M.Sc. in Workplace Health and Safety and currently a PhD by Research student.

Ehi is a versatile trainer and conference speaker of high demand. He is the founding CEO of Occupational Health and Safety Managers (OHSM), a Regional Chair, Patient Safety Movement and Coordinator, OSHAfrica

Dr Cas Badenhorst

Group Lead Occupational Health and Hygiene
Anglo American

Cas Badenhorst holds a number of tertiary qualifications in the area of physiology, occupational health and hygiene, mine environmental engineering and Health and Safety Management.  He is a certified Occupational Hygienist, working in the field of safety and occupational health and hygiene for more than 20 years. 

For the last 6 years Cas leads the Occupational Health and Hygiene Unit within Anglo American plc. Cas also has a keen interest in the academics and is appointed as Extraordinary Associate Professor in Occupational Health and Hygiene in the School of Physiology at the North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus, South Africa. Cas is a Past President of the Southern Africa Institute of Occupational Hygiene (SAIOH) and the current chair of the Health Working Group of the International Council of Mining and Metals (ICMM).

Mr Norman Khoza 

Occupational Hygiene Professional

An occupational hygiene professional born in South Africa with more than 15 years of experience in occupational health and safety in Southern Africa. Currently with New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), an implementation agency of the African Union. He holds an MPH: Occupational and Environmental Health. A Council Member of the Southern African Institute of Occupational Hygiene (SAIOH). Also an advisory board member of the Department of Environmental Health at the University of Johannesburg (UJ). Currently living in Midrand (RSA) with his lovely wife Luceth Khoza and his two boys Dzuni and Khenso Khoza.

Ms Deleane Luzzatto 

Rebel Safety Gear / SAPEMA

Mr Wellington Mudenha 

SHEQ Manager
Synthecon Sutures Manufacturing SA

Wellington Mudenha is a qualified Safety, Health, Environmental and Quality (SHEQ) professional. He holds a Diploma in Environmental Health and Safety Management from the Zimbabwe Institute of Management, a Bachelors degree in Environmental Studies from Africa University as well as a Masters degree in Environmental Health from the University of Johannesburg. 
Wellington also holds a Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety from the University of Cape Town including other certifications in Quality and Environmental Management. He is well versed and experienced in SHEQ ISO management systems development and implementation, SHEQ legal and regulatory compliance as well as SHEQ systems audits. 

Wellington is a registered graduate member of SAIOSH, ZIOSH and a committee member of the Safety First Association. He is also a registered Occupational Health and Safety trainer, facilitator and assessor with ETDP SETA, HWSETA and EWSETA in South Africa.

Mr Leigh McMaster

Specialist for behaviour and Change
Minerals Council South Africa

Leigh has been working as a Safety, Health and Sustainable Development professional for the last 10 years. Leigh has experience working in the trade union environment and in employer organisations and is currently employed as the specialist for behaviour and Change at the Minerals Council South Africa where he is able to continue his passionate work around Human Factors in Risk Management, leadership and stakeholder engagement in the mining industry. Leigh is currently completing his M.Sc Mining Engineering specialising in Health & Safety with the University of the Witwatersrand. 

He is also a registered Chartered HR professional in HSE with the SABPP as well as a registered Change Management Practitioner with the Institute for Change Management. Leigh was elected as the Vice President for ISSA (International Social Security Association) Mining: Africa Region for the period 2017-2020.

Dr Dingani Moyo 

Specialist Occupational Physician, OSH Consultant and Lecturer
University of Witwatersrand in RSA and Midlands State University in Zimbabwe

Dr Dingani Moyo is a Specialist Occupational Physician, OSH consultant and a Lecturer at University of Witwatersrand in RSA and Midlands State University in Zimbabwe. He holds specialist qualifications in Occupational Medicine (FFOM) of the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland. He holds a Master’s degree in OHS, Master’s degree in Health services Management and a medical degree.  He is a past Board member of the international commission on occupational health (ICOH),  former ICOH National Secretary for Zimbabwe, Chair of the OSHAfrica Education and Capacity Development Scientific committee, President of the Zimbabwe Society of Occupational Medicine and Associate Editor of the Archives of Environmental and Occupational health journal.

Ms Nonhlalo Mphofu


Ms Masanda Peter 

Mine Health and Safety Council

Ms Renay Sewpersad

Fire Protection Association of South Africa

Mr Leighton Bennett 

SHE & Risk Management Consultant
Benrisk Consulting

Leighton Bennett is an experienced OSHE and Risk Management Consultant in his own business, Benrisk Consulting, providing SHE and Risk Management consulting services to clients in the commercial, construction, manufacturing & occasionally in the mining industry.  He also “free lances” as a technical insurance underwriting surveyor to the insurance broking industry, & provides OHS & risk training services to local, regional and overseas clients.

Leighton is professionally registered as a SACPCMP Construction Health & Safety Agent (Pr.CHSA) & with three SAQA (South African Qualifications Authority) recognized Occupational Safety, Health & Risk Management Professional Bodies. Leighton is an exco member of the Institute of Safety Management professional body & the Safety First Association.

Leighton is the author of the 2006 Safety First Association’s ”Risk Assessments- guide to understanding the basics” publication, on the PEPMELF baseline risk assessment technique & is the author of the integrated environmental management information series “Risk Management” publication, published by the Dept of Environmental Affairs & Tourism (DEAT) in 2006.