Prof Eric Buch, Chairperson of the National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS) Board, announces that Dr Kamy Chetty, who has served as acting Chief Executive Officer and Chief Executive Officer for almost seven years, will retire in 2024.

Her approaching retirement next year signifies the conclusion of a remarkable chapter within the NHLS and marks the end of an exceptional career devoted to public health in South Africa. She has made significant contributions with over 40 years of experience, including 25 years in senior management and executive positions in the health sector.

She has played a pivotal role in upholding transparency and integrity, and her financial stewardship has resulted in five consecutive unqualified audits. Dr Chetty successfully led the NHLS through financial challenges, leaving the organisation in a robust financial position. She has strengthened internal control systems, fortified critical areas, implemented digital advancements, strengthened IT systems, and modernised equipment.

Her legacy includes an outstanding response to the COVID-19 pandemic, with increased testing capabilities and resilient organisational systems in place. The Board is grateful for her exceptional leadership in transforming the NHLS.

Dr Chetty leaves behind a resilient organisation with systems in place that the Board and staff can continue to leverage to grow our numerous programmes and service delivery platform.

The NHLS Board will initiate a CEO succession plan to ensure a smooth transition. Dr Chetty will continue to serve as CEO until her departure, and we express our wholehearted gratitude for her contribution and look forward to celebrating her legacy when she steps down next year.

Issued by:
Prof Eric Buch
NHLS Board Chairperson