Council Leadership

The members of the Council are appointed in terms of Section 5(4) of the Dental Technicians Act, 1979 (Act No. 19 of 1979) as amended. The various categories that the members of council are elected into are specified in terms of Section 5(1) of the said Act as members of the South African Dental Technicians Council for a period of five years with effect from 03 September 2013 (2013-2018)

Council consists of the Director of Oral Health of the Department of Health, five persons appointed by the Minister, and two dental technician contractors, two dental technicians or dental technologists and one dentist nominated and elected in the prescribed manner.

Council members meet four times annually and are responsible for preparing financial statements, executive management and exercising control over the organisation’s activities.


Mrs P.T. Nkuna is Registrar/CEO of the South African Dental Technicians Council. Her Key Performance Areas are as follows:

  • Responsible for the overall control of the administration of the Council.
  • Overseeing good corporate governance and compliance.
  • Assists Council in developing and formulating policies and strategies.
  • Mobilisation and deployment of Council’s resources for the attainment of the strategic and operation objectives.
  • Appoints and ensures competency of personnel to ensure the effective and efficient administration of Council policy, strategies and processes.
  • Development of a performance management system for organisation effectiveness.
  • Fulfils the role and responsibilities as prescribed in terms of the Dental Technicians Act 19 of 1979, as amended.
  • Maintains sound public relations with external stakeholders, including but not limited to health care authorities, the profession, the media and the general public and ensures the promotion of a positive image of Council and administration.


Mrs. C. Mokgatle-MakwakwaPresident

Catherine Mokgatle-Makwakwa serves on the Council of the South African Dental Technicians Council as a community representative as per Section 5(1) (b) (iii).

She was the principal of Ga-Rankuwa Nursing College and later appointed as Director: International Health Liaison in the Department of Health. During this period, she was appointed by the Minister of Health to serve on the South African Nursing Council representing the Department for two (2) consecutive terms. She is the founder of Lefika la Botshabelo Orphans and Vulnerable Children Centre and a Ministry of Saint Peter’s Lutheran Church.

She has served and serving on several Councils/Boards/Committees including the Tshwane Leadership Foundation, James 1:27 Trust, Siyaphila Youth Development, National Nursing Summit organising Committee (2010), Nursing Education and Training Tusk Team (2011), National Health Research Committee, Ministerial Task Committee on Nursing Education and Training and the South African Nursing Association. She has a Nursing Diploma and a Degree of Bachelor of Arts in Nursing Science.

Mr. I. Noorshib – Vice President

Mr. Irfaan Noorshib is an owner in Minnaars Dental Laboratory in Port Elizabeth. He serves on the Council as a dental technician contractor nominated and elected by dental technician contractors as per section 5(1) (c).  He qualifiedwith a National Higher Diploma from the then Peninsula Technikon which is now known as the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT). He has acquired over 30 years of experience in the field of Dental Technology

Dr. Nosipho BaloyiCouncil Member

Dr Nosipho Baloyi is a qualified dentist, registered with HPCSA. She serves on the Council as the dentist nominated and elected in the prescribed manner as per section 5 (1) (e). She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree (BChd) from the University of the Western Cape in the year 2000.

Her dental clinical experience includes: – Community Service,
– Public service with the Department of Health and
– Private practice

Mrs. Farhana Vally – Council Member

Farhana Vally is an award-winning community leader. She serves on the Council as a community representative as per Section 5 (1) (b) (iii).  She qualifiedwith a BSc(Occupational Therapy) degree from the University of the Western Cape and recently obtained a Masters degree from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Extensive experience in various communities led her to establishing a Non-profit Organization that focuses on community upliftment. She has acquired over 10 years of experience in financial management, strategic planning and project management at a senior management level.

Mr. G. Gunnell – Council Member

Mr. Gary Gunnell is an employee of the Military. He completed his studies at the then Technikon Pretoria now knows as Tshwane University of Technology (TUT). He has acquired approximately 25 years of experience in the field of Dental Technology. He serves on the Council as a dental technician/dental technologist who practises the profession of dental technician/dental technologist nominated and elected by dental technicians/dental technologists, practising that profession as per section 5(1) (d). 

Adv. Thantaswa Lupuwana – Council Member

Adv. Thantaswa Lupuwana is appointed in term section 5 (1) (b) (iii) of the Dental Technicians Act. She is admitted as an Advocate of the High Court of South Africa and is presently a member of the Pretoria Society of Advocates. She holds a B. Juris degree from the then University of Transkei. (conferred: 1984) and an LLB degree (conferred: 1987) from the University of Witwatersrand. She also holds an LLM degree from the University of South Africa, (conferred: 1998). Advocate Lupuwana served in the Department of Justice as a state advocate. She was appointed lecturer and later senior lecturer at the Vista and Fort Hare universities respectively. She has served in the Department of Transport, Armscor and the Department of Police as a legal adviser and has extensive experience in high court litigation, drafting of legal documents, providing legal opinions, among others. She is also an accredited mediator, and has chaired numerous disciplinary enquiries. The experience and depth that she brings to the Council is enormous and can only assist in taking it to greater heights.

Professor Peter Owen – Council Member

Prof Owen is appointed to serve on the council as a dentist attached to a university having a dental faculty as per section 5 (1) (b) (i). Prof Owen is a Professor and former head of the Department of Oral Rehabilitation in the School of Oral Health Sciences at the University of the Witwatersrand. He obtained his degree in Dentistry from the Royal Dental Hospital, University of London and an MSc Dent (cum laude) from the University of the Western Cape. He further obtained his specialty degree in Prosthodontics from the same University. He also holds a Fellowship of the International College of Dentistry and a Fellowship of the College of Dentistry of South Africa. Prof Owen has served on many different national committees and is a past President of the International College of Prosthodontists and an executive member of the Academy of Prosthodontics of South Africa. He has made over 140 presentations locally and internationally and has over 120 publications, including journal papers, books, chapters in books, manuals and other publications. He is an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Prosthodontics, and a reviewer for a variety of other international journals. He is also a member of the Medical and Dental Professions Board of the Health Professions Council of South Africa.

Dr. Anisa Vahed – Council Member

Dr Vahed is appointed to serve on the Council as a dental technician/technologist attached to a training institution where dental technicians/technologists are trained as per section 5 (1) (b) (ii).  As an accomplished educator, she has made a valuable contribution towards the training of dental technicians/technologists in the profession of dental technology.  Dr Anisa Vahed is a HELTASA TAU Fellow, awardee of the Vice Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award, DENTASA Educator of the Year Award and the HELTASA/CHE Award in Teaching Excellence.  She is a senior lecturer/dental technologist in the Department of Dental Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences at the Durban University of Technology. Her research interests include the teaching and supervision of both undergraduate and postgraduate research, metallographic structure of newly developed dental materials, and the teaching and learning through discipline-specific games to enable students’ access to, and acquisition of, knowledge.  She has delivered numerous papers, workshops and seminars on these interests in a range of national and international settings.

Dr. M Mcuba – Deputy Director of Oral health of the Department of Health

Dr Mcuba is a ministerial representative who is appointed under section 5 (1) (a) of the Act. He was born in the Eastern Cape Province.  He studied radiography and qualified as a radiographer at Central University of Technology (Free State Technikon) in 1985. He worked for a year in 1986 at Pelonomi Hospital in Bloemfontein as a radiographer. In 1987 he went to study dentistry at MEDUNSA and qualified as a dentist in 1992. He then opened a dental practice and worked there until November 2001. In 1999 he obtained his Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of North West (Potchefstroom University). In 2000 he further obtained a Post Graduate Diploma in Forensic Dentistry from Stellenbosch University. In December 2001 he joined the National Department of Health as Deputy Director Oral Health. He is currently employed as a Manager for Dental Services, however acting as the Director for Oral Health at the National Department of Health. Dr Mcuba served as a member of the Dental Therapist, Oral Hygienists and Dental Assistants Board (Department of Health Ministerial Appointment) of the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) from 2004 to 2011. He also served as a chairperson of the board of trustees for the past ten years in different Body Corporates. Dr Mcuba also has a B. Com Accounting from UNISA and he is also a director in two companies namely: Salubrity Life Holdings and Accelerate Investments Pty Ltd.