Dr Manyangane Raymond Billa joined the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) on 14 January 2019 as the Registrar/CEO.

Dr Billa obtained his degree in Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBBCh) from the Medical University of Southern Africa (MEDUNSA) in 1991.

He further spent 4 months at the School of Tropical Medicine in Belgium in 2008 studying Quantitative Risk Analysis. In 2010 he attained an MSc in Bioethics and Health Law from the University of the Witwatersrand.In 2014 he graduated for GCRA Executive Leadership Development Programme – Gordon Institute of Business Science, Pretoria University. To enhance his leadership skills in 2017 he obtained a certificate in Leadership Programme in Health Care (CETAD) from Lancaster University. In 2018 he was the sole South African amongst about one hundred leaders from various occupational backgrounds from the Commonwealth countries attending a CSCLeaders programme studying resilient cities and cultural intelligence in both the UK and Malaysia.

Dr Billa has a wealth of knowledge and experience, spanning over 17 years, within the health industry. Prior to joining the HPCSA, he was the Chief Executive Officer at Helen Joseph Hospital, a position he held from May 2013.

His management career commenced in 2002 where he was the Head of Medical Services at Tembisa Hospital. From 2005 to 2006, he moved on to Sterkfontein Hospital where he was the Chief Executive Officer. Between February 2006 and June 2006; he was the Acting Director: Clinical Services at the Johannesburg Hospital. In the same year, he further proceeded to Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital. From January 2007 to January 2010, he was appointed as the Director: Clinical Services at Chris Hani Baragwanath. He then returned to Sterkfontein Hospital in February 2016 as the Chief Executive Office until April 2013.
The Registrar’s focus for his term of office will be to ensure that Council’s processes are aligned in the realisation of Council’s strategic objectives and ensuring that the HPCSA maintains its mandate of protecting the public and guiding the profession.

He believes that maintaining healthy working relationships with the all the stakeholders is
important. As a leader of society in the healthcare industry, Dr Billa is passionate about community
development and health system improvement.

Dr Billa is the founding member and past Director (administration) of the Soweto Independent
Practitioners Association (SOIPA), an organisation representing one hundred doctors practising
in Soweto as private practitioners. He was also the Council member of the University of Limpopo
serving in the Audit Committee.

His chairmanships and directorships include Sparrow Ministries, AIDS hospice and orphanage,
Children on the move-an organisation providing educational talks on HIV/AIDS.