Dr Shuaib Manjra

Shuaib Manjra is a passionate South African, human rights activist, and seeker of a better world for all. He consults in sports and occupational medicine physician to a range of non-governmental organisations, state and private-sector institutions. His association with UCT began in 1990 when he worked at the Industrial Health Research Group, based in the Department of Sociology. This unit provided occupational health services to the progressive trade union movement. He currently serves as an honorary senior lecturer at UCT’s School of Public Health.

He graduated with a degree in medicine from the University of Natal and did his post-graduate studies in sports medicine and occupational health at UCT. He furthered his post-graduate qualifications at the University of Birmingham as part of the Helen Suzman Fellowship (Chevening) awarded by the British Council, and received the John Darwell Prize for academic achievement. He is an associate fellow and examiner of the College of Public Health Medicine (Occupational Health) (CMSA).

He currently holds the following positions:

  • Chairperson of the board of Ndifuna Ukwazi
  • Board member (and past chairperson) of the Trauma Centre for Survivors of Violence and Torture
  • Board member (and past chairperson) of the South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport
  • Chief Medical Officer of Cricket South Africa
  • The selection committee for the Oxford Rhodes Scholarship.

Previously he was chairperson of the Medical Commission of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and the International Netball Federation. He served as chief medical officer for Team South Africa to the Olympic, Paralympic, Commonwealth Games, to various international tournaments, and as team doctor to the Proteas cricket team. He was appointed to the ministerial task team established to evaluate and recommend a high-performance programme for South African sport.

His daughter is a graduate from Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment (EBE), and his son is presently studying in the same department. He also has a daughter studying medicine at the University of Stellenbosch.