SAMJ 6574

SAMJ gets new Editor-in-Chief

It is with sadness that I note that both Dan Ncayiyana and JP van Niekerk, after a total of 35 years of service to the SAMJ, are to retire.

They served during a period of historical changes, both medically and politically. They covered almost every aspect of medicine as it related to both the profession and society. I did not always agree with them, but enjoyed their openness and ability to challenge conventional thinking.

I welcome the new incumbent Editor-in-Chief, Professor Janet Seggie, who is a worthy successor in every regard. The SAMJ is fortunate to have such a person available to take up this very influential position. Janet brings with her a commitment to professionalism, ethics, absolute integrity and an incredible work ethic.

She will increase the scientific rigor and international standing of the journal while maintaining an African context. She loves the practice of medicine and has a passion for students and medical education. I am certain that she will be a great success, especially with the continued support of both Dan and JP. The health status of South Africans can only benefit from her appointment.

Nicky Padayachee

Past Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town

S Afr Med J 2013;103(2):68. DOI:7196/SAMJ.6574

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