Obituary: Professor S.S. (Cyril) Naidoo

1952 – 2021

It is with great sadness and with a heavy heart that I write this Obituary on Prof Cyril Naidoo- 1952-2021.

As Principal Specialist-Family Medicine, I have interacted with Prof Naidoo on a professional and academic basis as my HOD since January 2008 to date.

Prof Naidoo led by exemplary standards of professionalism, knowledge and patient-centred teaching.

He was an enabling HOD who had facilitated the progress of all members of the Dept. towards ongoing academic development with regards to their PhD programmes and the opportunity to be external examiners at sister departments at other universities.

Obituary: Professor Mohammed Hoosen Cassimjee

17th February 1942 – 4th January 2021

Professor Mohammed Hoosen (affectionately known as “Papoo”) Cassimjee was an icon in the founding and development of family medicine in South Africa. His interests lay deeply rooted in the practice of family medicine as well as the psychiatric and sexual medicine aspects of this discipline. He held the firm view that family medicine academics should continue to practice in their communities to enable them to develop better models of practice and to focus their research on matters which were important for these communities. This was perhaps partly because he had worked in a private practice partnership in Pietermaritzburg for around 18-years prior to entering academic practice. He was a valued colleague and friend over many years.

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