Lungiswa Nkonki (EV 2010 & 2012)     DSC_7941

Both in 2010 and 2012 I was part of the EV programme, respectively as a participant and a coach. Some might remember me addressing the Health Systems Research Symposium in Beijing, in the opening plenary, together with two colleague EVs. A lot has happened since.

As of the 30th of January 2014, it became  public knowledge that I am a panellist in the Private Health Care Inquiry in South-Africa. The team includes a retired judge Chief Justice Ngcobo, Professor Sharon Fonn, Mr Cees van Gent, Dr Ntuthuko Bhengu, and myself  (for the profiles of all the panellists, see Health Care Enquiry ).

The Competition Competition of South Africa is initiating an inquiry into the private healthcare sector because it has reason to believe that there are features of the sector that prevent, distort or restrict competition. The Competition Commission further believes that conducting this inquiry will assist in understanding how its work may promote competition in the healthcare sector. It is a privilege to be part of a team that is entrusted with such important work.

The Competition Commission recruitment strategy included searching the internet as any modern company/institution would. Amongst other things they found, they came across the Emerging Voices Youtube video (an interview with me), and they were most impressed by this. Thus, when I met the recruitment team at the Competition Commission they felt like they already knew me because they had watched the You Tube video repeatedly. The importance of the You Tube clip in this process took me by surprise. The clip was shot in Cape Town in 2012. On this video I reflect on my experience of the Emerging Voices and  I share how the programme exceeded my expectations then. It gave me an opportunity to share my ideas on a global platform. At the time, I thought this was the main achievement. However, it seems like one needs a lifetime to observe the impact of the Emerging Voices programme. Four years later, I am still reaping the rewards of being part of the Emerging Voices.

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