South African Medical Association

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South African Medical Association
  • Medical Association of South Africa
  • Progressive Doctors' Group
Founded21 May 1998 (1998-05-21)
HeadquartersPretoria, Gauteng
  • South Africa
Key people

The South African Medical Association (SAMA) is a non-statutory, professional association for public- and private-sector medical practitioners in South Africa. Registered as a nonprofit organization, it acts as a trade union for its public-sector members. It is affiliated with the Congress of South African Trade Unions.

Membership is voluntary, with some 70% of doctors in South Africa currently registered as members. The head office is situated in Pretoria.


On 21 May 1998, the association was established from a merger between the Medical Association of South Africa, founded in 1927, and the Progressive Doctors' Group.[citation needed]

In 1999, it became affiliated with the National Medical Alliance, along with the South African Medical and Dental Practitioners, Society of Dispensing Family Practitioners, Family Practitioners Association, Dispensing Family Practitioners Association, and the Eastern Cape Medical Guild.[citation needed]

In 2022, its chairwoman, Angelique Coetzee, stated in a radio interview that admission processes at medical schools are highly politicized and that medical faculties implement race quotas.[1][2] After she apologized for her statements and resigned as chairwoman, Dirk Hermann of Solidarity reiterated that race-based admission processes were explicitly included in admission policies, and stated that these were detrimental to white students and health care.[1]


  1. ^ a b Cornelissen, Christel (18 February 2022). "Coetzee 'gestraf' oor waarheid". Maroela Media. Retrieved 18 February 2022.
  2. ^ Jeremiah, Israel Wellington. "South Africa (SA) Medical School Entry Requirements". Latest Global Opportunities. Retrieved 18 February 2022.[dead link]

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