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Welcome from the host university.

My dear colleagues. It’s time to usher in another South African Paediatric Association Congress. This time we are proud and delighted to invite you to our capital city, Pretoria, for the 2020 meeting. My organising team, Mel Coetzee, Jayneel Joshi and Ané Buchner, in conjunction with the SAPA executive, have already worked hard to facilitate a great meeting with a number of new innovations.

SAPA is intending that this congress be the start of a new era in meetings of the Paediatric community in South Africa and to this end may I invite each one of you, whether you work in the state system or in private practice, to join us for a meeting with a difference!

We are planning a series of lectures and workshops that allow multi-disciplinary input and appeal. Our aim is to make the programme so exciting and novel that whatever you do in your subspeciality, you will want to stay for the full meeting to share in the ‘blended’ profile of the academic delivery.

I know that SAPA has generally been a venue for the meeting of public and state sector Paediatricians, and I know that our private colleagues are well represented by the PMG, but this may be a good time for us to share ideas and challenges and find a place to reconnect. All of us need one another tocreate a future of health care in the Paediatric space, that is aligned with our own values, those of our patients and those of government.

We live in challenging times. With the roll out of NHI and financial challenges in all our sectors, may I respectfully suggest that our best chance of ensuring our discipline continues as a leading force for patient health and empowerment, is a coming together of all of us and the pooling of our many ideas and vast wisdom.

September is jacaranda season in Pretoria and at this time of the year our city becomes a show piece for renewal and beauty. Let’s use this wonderful time to create renewal and beauty in our discipline.

Until we meet in September 2020 keep doing what you do so well – improving the lives of our next generation of South African leaders, our children.

I look forward to seeing you again in Pretoria.

Best regards
Robin J Green


Dear Friends and Colleagues

On behalf of the SAPA 2020 Organizing Committee from the University of Pretoria as well as the SAPA executive, we would like to invite you to join us for the SAPA 2020 from 4-6 September 2020 at the lovely CSIR venue outside Pretoria.
SAPA is currently undergoing a re-invigoration and our theme is ‘Striving for Thriving Kids’.
This congress will be one with a difference, concentrating more on workshops, discussion and debates aimed at all those involved in caring for children from public and private as well as both senior and junior colleagues.
We are also looking at caring for the carers and will be addressing issues such as burnout and social media, avoiding litigation, setting up practice and what does the future with NHI hold.

We hope to have a shorter more streamlined congress which appeals to all those caring for kids no matter what specialty they are in.
We plan to have hands-on workshops where you can improve a multitude of skills.

There will also be opportunities for presenting new research as oral and e-poster presentations with especial emphasis on our trainees.
Finally, there will also be fun time for catching up with old friends and making new ones at our Networking Cocktail Party as well as the early morning Fun Run. 

Save the date in your diaries now, as we are only 1 year away and would love to see you all.

Best wishes
Mignon McCulloch
SAPA President

Organizing Committee: Robin Green, Melantha Coetzee, Jayneel Joshi and Ané Buchner
Executive Committee: Ziyaad Dangor, Tanya Dennis, Despina Demopoulos, Naseema Khan, Andrew Redfern, Gary Reubenson, Beyra Rossouw, Haroon Saloojee, Fiona Kritzinger(PMG)