Dr Mtshali brings a wealth of knowledge,
experience and expertise to this very challenging and exciting position.
He first graduated with a B.Sc (Chemistry) at the University of Cape
Town in 1991 and thereafter pursued studies in medicine, qualifying with
an MBCHB in 1996 through
MEDUNSA. His passion for learning also saw him obtaining various
additional qualifications such as a Masters in Business Administration
(Healthcare Management) from the University of Free State in 2002, a
Masters in Health Economics and Pharma‐economics (University of Pompeu
Fabra, Spain), in 2011, amongst others. He also attended and
successfully completed various clinical and non‐clinical programmes,
namely, the Advanced Management Programme (Manchester Business School)
in 2001, clinical management of HIV/AIDS in 2002 and also qualifiedas
ETDP SETA Assessor (Learning Performance Link) in 2004.
Coupled with approximately 19 years of experience in various fields,
several leadership positions in both public and private sector
organisations, Dr Mtshali is well equipped to be at the helm of the
Department of Health, a department which is complex as it is diverse.
His recent completion
of a learnership on the universal health coverage run by the World Bank
gave him a deeper understanding and perspective of the National Health
Insurance especially in the African context, which gears him to play a
major role in achieving the NHI objectives in the province.
Dr Mtshali spent the last four years as the Chief Executive Officer of
Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital, where his leadership and
management skills saw the hospital sustain high levels of performance
and standards of care. Under his leadership the hospital received an
accolade at the 2014 Centre for Public Service Innovation (CPSI) awards
for the best managed Public Private Partnership (PPP) in the country.
Dr Mtshali can be described as a strategist, a leader and a team player.
Apart from his academic achievements, he has also acquired many other
skills which augur well for his position as Head of Department. Being a
hard worker with the ability to work under pressure, embrace change and
new challenges stand him in good stead as someone who can be looked up
Dr Mtshali is a keen sportsman, who focuses on keeping fit and leading a
healthy lifestyle. Amongst other things he currently runs half marathons
and hopes to do a big race in the future.
He also enjoys travelling, reading and watching wild life documentaries.