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Prof Tuwane Rasengane
B.Optom (UN) OD PhD (UHCO)
Prof Tuwani Rasengane obtained her Optometry degree from the University of the North and PhD in Physiological Optics from the University of Houston. Currently she is the head of Optometry, University of the Free State and a Director for the Optometric services in the Free State.

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She represents Africa in the Education committee of the World Council of Optometry. She has served optometry extensively around the world in several capacities.

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Dr Dirk Booysen
Dip. Optom FOA(SA) MCOptom(UK) TMOD(PCO CAS(NECO) DOptom(Aston)
Dirk graduated from Witwatersrand Technicon with a Diploma in Optometry in 1984. He continued his studies at Ashton University, Birmingham, UK, to obtain a Professional Doctorate, D Optom. He also holds the MC

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Optom, from the Institute of Optometry, a TMOD, Concentrated Ocular Therapeutics, from Pennsylvania College of Optometry and a Certificate of Advanced Study from New England College of Optometry. He is currently in private practice, with a part time teaching position at the University of Johannesburg department of optometry. He is an Independent Consultant to several corporations in the optical industry. He authored the book “South African guide to topical ophthalmic drugs”. Dirk has written, published and lectured extensively on a many different topics relating to optometry. He loves flying vintage aircraft and is a scuba diving instructor.

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Dr Clive Novis
Dip Optom. MBBCh (FCS)(Oph)
Clive studied optometry at Wits Tech and qualified in 1979. He then practiced in Pretoria and Springs for 3 years until he decided to study medicine which he began at Wits in 1983. To pay his way through medical school he continued doing optometry locums every Saturday morning

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and varsity holidays. Clive worked in over 20 optometry practices for the next 12 years finally doing his last locum at Clyde Alexander’s practice on the same day that he qualified as an ophthalmologist! Clive graduated as a medical doctor (MBBCh) in 1988, receiving his masters (MMed) in 1993 and qualified as an ophthalmologist (FCS) in 1994. In 1995, Clive started private practice in Springs and Benoni where he practices mainly as a cataract and refractive surgeon. His main field of interest is the optics of intra-ocular lenses.

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Zena Jacobson
Dip Optom (SA) CAS (SA)
Zena Jacobson qualified as an optometrist in 1977 and worked for a group of practices before starting her own practice in Sandton, in 1994. In 1998, she was elected as President of the SAOA, the first female to achieve this honour. She served on the SAOA Board for eleven years and also held the position as

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Continued Professional Development Officer. She chaired all Academic Congresses for the SAOA from 1997 until 2004. In 1999 she joined the Board of Chiasma Management Services and was elected Chairperson, a position she held for 6 years. As Chairperson, she navigated the transition of the network to become the BEE company, Iso Leso, and served as CEO for a further 2 years. Zena sat on the Professional Board of Optometry on the HPCSA for 7 years from 2003 to 2010, and chaired the Committee for Preliminary Inquiry where all disciplinary matters were evaluated and decided on for further action. She continues to run her practice in Sandton.

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Prof Paul Ramkissoon
BOptom (UDW) CAS (Newenco) MPhil (RAU) ACSpVis (RAU) MOptom (UDW) OD (Newenco) DPhil(RAU) FAAO
Paul Ramkissoon was born in Inanda, Durban. He chose optometry as a career after receiving his first pair of spectacles from a hospital clinic while in foster care in standard 7.

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Paul obtained a Bachelor of Optometry degree from the University of Durban-Westville in 1987. He is a perpetual student and is an alumnus of RAU and Newenco. He has the unique distinction of successfully completing all academic qualifications offered in optometry and holding two doctorates. Eleven optometry qualifications in total! He is actively engaged in the optometric management of children with learning difficulties and perceptual problems and is a pioneer in overnight Orthokeratology. Paul describes himself as a “person who eats, drinks and sleeps optometry” and is grateful for the lifestyle that optometry provides his family.

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