Dear Friends and Colleagues

On behalf of the Gauteng South OSSA Congress Organising Committee, it is my privilege to invite you to the 53rd OSSA Congress. This meeting of the Ophthalmological Society of South Africa will be hosted from 12 to 15 February 2025 at the Sandton Convention Centre. The venue is in the heart of the financial centre of the diverse, vibrant, and unique City of Johannesburg.

The academic programme remains the cornerstone of the congress and we look forward to a faculty of respected international speakers, in conjunction with our local alumni. Not only is it an opportunity to remain up to date with the clinical advances within our profession, but also the challenges related to healthcare economics and accessibility.

In a commitment to remain relevant and to improve the overall quality of the congress there have been a few changes to the programme of the allied professions and hope that these are well received by all attendees.

We look forward to you joining us in Jozi for the Congress and the fantastic social and entertainment events. I hope that it is an opportunity to reinvigorate your passion for our profession and to connect with friends and colleagues both old and new.

Kind regards

Barry Payne

Congress Chair, Johannesburg Branch of OSSA

Important dates

Deadline for submission of abstracts:     30 August 2024

Acceptance of abstracts:                            2 October 2024

Programme on congress website:            18 October 2024

Deadline for early bird registrations:       8 November 2024

Block bookings expire at hotels:                9 January 2025


OSSA 2025 will take place at the Sandton Convention Centre.

Sandton Convention Centre is South Africa’s leading event venue, offering prestigious multi-use event spaces and venues in the financial hub of Johannesburg.

Conveniently located in the vibrant business district of Sandton in northern Johannesburg and within easy reach of the Gautrain and OR Tambo International Airport, the Sandton Convention Centre (SCC) is flanked by a number of leading hotels, sophisticated shopping centres and entertainment complexes.

The Sandton Convention Centre is the foremost venue for hosting exhibitions, events and congress in South Africa. With 22 000 m² of flexible event space, contemporary Afro-chic décor and technologically advanced facilities, the SCC is perfectly suited to hosting your event.


Organisational & administrative aspects
Exhibitions & sponsorships

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Rhyno Kriek              General
Heyns du Preez       Sponsorships & Exhibitions
Sonja Bührmann   Registration

Tel.:                            Domestic calls:               051 436 7733
                                    International calls: + 27 51 436 7733


OSSA matters & membership

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National Secretariat
Sharon Beeming
Tel:               012 347 0048

Postal address:
Turners House
38 Jonsson Lane

Academic committee

Only enquiries relating to the contents of the different academic programmes

Congress Chair & Allied Health Programme
Dr Barry Payne
Tel:           011 880 4200

 Ophthalmology Programme
Prof Aubrey Makgotloe
Tel:          082 465 6250

Prof Susan Williams
Tel:           082 467 6999

SASPOS Programme
Dr Teboho Seobi
Tel:          082 945 4563

Young Ophthalmologists
Dr Johann Snyman
Tel:               083 260 4858

Managers & Administrators Programme
Dr Caroline Gooding
Tel:            011 869 0267

 Additional Member
Dr Hassan Alli
Tel:           083 307 8152

Dr Nicky Welsh
Tel:          011 717 2549

EXCO Representative
Dr Johann Lamprecht