Dear Colleagues

Compliments of the season! Now that the year is in full swing, and we are engrossed in the business of Arthroplasty surgery, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you good health and a successful 2023.

Congratulations to Dr Robert Barrow, our current Secretary on ascending to the position of President Elect. His term of office as President will commence at the conclusion of our biennial Congress in March 2024. We are already busy with preliminary arrangements for the Congress. Congratulations are also due to Dr Mike Terreblanche. He has just started his term as a SAAS-Edinburgh Arthroplasty fellow in Scotland where he succeeds Dr Themba Mlekeleli Duma. I wish them both the best of luck!
You will have noticed an advert for a direct anterior approach Observership in the past week. This is an initiative that is in line with our mission to broaden access to surgeon education. I am eternally grateful to our surgeon partners for volunteering their time and expertise and the financial support from our trade partners. We plan to introduce more initiatives of this nature in the near future. We aim to encourage more surgeon interaction centred on Arthroplasty education throughout the year.

Looking forward to a busy 2023.

Kind regards
Lipalo Mokete
President of SAAS

14 February 2023