Management & Staff

Neil Nair

Neil Nair | CEO

Mr Neil Nair served as the Principal Officer of SAMWUMED from its inception in 2001 until January 2019. He has pioneered the scheme growth to approximately to 80 000 lives, with a nett claims ratio of 80% and reserves of over 80% and assets in excess of R1.5 billion.
A singular challenge and achievement were taking an unknown entity and growing it into a brand, in an otherwise conservative and highly competitive industry.
The Scheme has been in the Alexander Forbes top 3 most sustainable medical schemes in South Africa from 2015 to 2017 – and was voted as the BHF Scheme of the Year in 2015.
Neil was engaged in student activism from an early age and served as the SRC chairperson and activist in the heady days of the student uprisings in the 1980’s – within the student and civic movement.
Neil joined the progressive trade union movement in 1993, where he was primarily focused on employee benefits. In this capacity he championed the launch of employee benefit options for workers previously denied access to social benefits.
He also served as a founding delegate to the SALGBC’s Employee Benefits Working Group. This working group was instrumental in drafting the framework for the rationalisation of medical schemes in the local government sector – including the equalisation of employee benefits.
Neil was a founding labour delegate to the National Information Technology Forum (NITF) – under the then Minister of Telecommunications, Jay Naidoo.
He also served as a Director of the Board of Healthcare Funders of Southern Africa (BHF) where he sat on the Constitutional Review Panel and also served as Deputy Chairperson. Prior to Joining SAMWUMED as the Principal Officer in 2001, Neil was a technical advisor to the Scheme’s board from 1998. He played a leading role in the Scheme’s transformation from a regional bargaining council benefit to a self-administered, national medical scheme.
Neil was selected by Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi to serve as a Technical Advisor to the NHI Ministerial Advisory Sub-Committee: Work stream 2: Design and Implementation of NHI Health Care Service Benefits and Work Stream 4: The role of medical schemes in an NHI environment.
In addition to this, he had been appointed as one of four medical scheme representatives to serve on a Council for Medical Schemes’ Task Team. This team has been set up to review sections of the Medical Schemes Act with specific reference to Prescribed Minimum Benefits.
Neil commenced his career at National Hospital Network at a critical juncture as CEO, July 2019. In 2020 Neil was nominated and elected to serve on the HASA Board as Deputy Chairman.

Loedt Zemanay

Loedt Zemanay | Operations Manager

Loedt Zemanay joined the NHN in July 2019 as the Finance and Administration Manager. He completed his studies at the University of Cape Town (UCT) with a degree in Social Science, majoring in Economics. He started his career as a financial administrator with Grassroots Educare Trust (GET), a Cape Town based non-government organization specializing in early childhood development. Thereafter, he joined a trade union where his last appointment was Head of Department: Finance and Administration. Loedt also worked as the Senior Manager: Corporate Services at a restricted medical scheme for municipal employees. He has gained more than 26 years of extensive financial management experience. He is married and has three children.

Wesley Petersen | Tariff Specialist

Wesley Petersen joined the Medical Aid Industry in 1998, working for the Administrator then known as Bankmed. His primary focus has always been related to claims operations in various roles for the entity that was eventually known as Metropolitan Health Group at the time that he left their employ. Occupying roles, and having experience with, Claims Assessing, Dental Specialist, Claims Team Leader, Clinical Audit, Claims Manager and Training Facilitator by the time he left MHG. He left the industry for a few years, working as an Operations Manager within the Property Management space. He was coaxed back into the industry by a colleague and joined Thebe Ya Bophelo as a Business Analyst for 3 years before joining MediKredit in December 2015, servicing their Private Hospital clients, of which NHN remains a key client.

Wesley has extensive industry knowledge and a high regard for efficiency without compromising on quality. He has joined the NHN as a Tariff Specialist on 1 September 2021. On a personal note, he is a father and enjoys playing guitar, having “movie night” with his sons, being active and learning through the various ways that the internet has enabled for us.

Miryam Bibi Van Rheede | Tariff & Membership Administrator

Miryam Bibi Van Rheede has been employed at NHN since October 2020. She is married with three children and has a banking background with extensive customer care experience.

“My passion lies in providing excellent service of either face to face or telephonically.” She has 10 years’ experience at a restricted medical aid and excelled in people management as team leader.

Shamiela Elliot | Office Administrator / Executive PA

Shamiela joined the NHN in March 2021 as an Office Administrator/Executive PA. She has experience in office administration, project management and staff supervision.