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Speakers

Dr. Howard P Manyonga 

MBChB, MRCOG (UK), FCOG (SA); MBA (UCT)

 

Dr. Howard Manyonga is the founder and managing director of iBioMedix Health Systems, a health management company which specializes in the design and delivery of health services.

He has held senior management positions in healthcare. He was COO of Marie Stopes International in South Africa and prior to that headed Women’s Health at the Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute.  He has also served as a member of the National Department of Health Technical Working Group on Contraception and Fertility Planning.

iBioMedix Health Systems has a strategic partnership with PPO Serve that develops and implements affordable maternity and sexual and reproductive health services. Howard is the Executive Head of their first project, The Birthing Team that offers an all-inclusive global fee for maternity.

He graduated with MBChB from University of Zimbabwe, completed his specialist training in the UK and was awarded an MBA in 2009 by the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business. His professional certification also includes the MRCOG (UK), the FCOG (SA) and the Certificate in Work Place Best Practices (Lean Management) by the Japan Association of Overseas Technical Assistance. He is married and has two children. He enjoys reading, road running and long distance driving.

 

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Una van Staden

I am the proud owner of Pikanini Baby Academy and have worked extensively with Karen van Zyl, the previous owner. I have appeared on eTV’s Great Expectations Show as a guest.  I have also been a guest speaker at the Kids and Baby Expo, The Baba Indaba Sandton,The Toddler Seminar, The Multiple Birth Association Seminar ,The Angelcare Seminar as well as Mamamagic Jhb. 
The Pikanini Brand has become a recognized and trusted source that promises expert, professional advice and services in the early childhood development field. We believe in a multi-professional & holistic approach and combine years of experience and knowledge gained in the fields of social work, play therapy and early childhood development.

I have a desire to teach and empower parents and caregivers in such a way to enhance their experience of motherhood and to aid them to unlock the child's true potential. Stimulating a child's mind can result in a child who is engaged and excited about the world.

 

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Dr. Diana du Plessis

Dr. du Plessis acts as supervisor, moderator and external examiner for Master’s dissertations and Doctoral theses at various universities. She was appointed for a period of 3 years as mentor in the International Confederation of Midwives and is author and co-author of a number of professional publications and peer reviewed articles and nursing textbooks in general nursing science and midwifery.
Dr du Plessis is currently associated with the University of Fort Hare (East London) as mentor for Master’s and Doctoral studies and research. Dr du Plessis is in private midwifery clinical practice for the past 19 years. She is actively involved, among others, as a breastfeeding consultant and spokesperson for Phillips Avent South Africa.
She has been the annual keynote speaker as midwifery consultant and lactation specialist at national and international symposia and conferences. She is  consultant, researcher and clinical facilitator of the Department of Nursing, Fort Hare University, a radio and television breastfeeding consultant, and author and co-author of various academic and scientific articles in accredited midwifery journals and textbooks in nursing and midwifery.

 

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 Our Team of Guest Speakers

 



Meryl Bailey

 
Meryl Bailey is an educator and a thought leader on language acquisition. Together with her husband, Meryl founded LinguaMites Multilingual Pre-school in 2013 – the first preschool in South Africa to offer quality education in three languages (Chinese, English and isiZulu). She regularly trains parents, teachers and caregivers on importance and benefits of teaching children additional languages and has developed a play-based resource programme specifically to make isiZulu learning fun. She is also the very proud mom of 3 brilliant trilingual children all under the age of 6yrs.

 

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Marion Smith

 
Marion Smith who has grown up in Johannesburg, kicked off her career as an Aupair at the age of 18 years when she went to Aupair in America for a year in 1998. On returning to South Africa she began her career as a full time Aupair and went on to Aupair for no less than seven different families. When she could no longer increase her salary worth she entered the corporate recruitment world where she learnt her skills in recruitment. It was here that she decided she could merge the skills she had gained as both an Aupair and a recruiter and this is when the idea of Aupairs Exclusive was born. The business began at home in her lounge working from a laptop and a small desk over the years it slowly grew and with it came many achievements.
 
Other projects Marion has been involved in She become the National Chairlady of the South African Multiple Birth Association in 2011. She started off with assisting with the PR of the organisation and now manages the Facebook page as well the two Expectant Parents seminars that are held each year. Marion is the sole owner of the quarterly magazine Multiple Seasons that was started in 2012 and is targeted at parents of multiples. This is a one of a kind magazine in South Africa.

 

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Jaydene Philips

 
Jaydene Phillips is a qualified paramedic, paediatric emergency medicine specialist and executive member of Resuscitation Council of Southern Africa and owner of First Aid Counts. Her passion is educating parents and general public on the importance of CPR, Choking and First Aid specifically for children and infants.

As an expert in her field and dealing with paediatric emergencies during her career as a paramedic, Jaydene has developed an understanding and empathy for teaching parents and public without creating unnecessary fear when dealing with an emergency with their children or infants. Her quirky and interactive personality ensures all participants leave her courses feeling empowered and educated on the importance of early CPR and first aid basics. “I do not believe in scare tactics to get the importance of CPR, Choking or First Aid through to my moms, dads, grandparents or nannies. Any emergency regarding a child or infant can be scary and parents need to be educated on the importance of staying calm and knowing what to do. Knowledge is power”- Jaydene Phillips