Our Team

WE VALUE EACH INDIVIDUAL PATIENTOur Expert Team

DR SULAIMAN HEYLEN

Fertility Specialist
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DR PAUL
LE ROUX

Fertility Specialist
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DR TAMTAM MATEBESE

Fertility Specialist
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DR LIZLE OOSTHUIZEN

Fertility Specialist
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DR JOANNE POTTOW

Fertility Specialist
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OUR EXPERT TEAMOur Doctors

Dr Sulaiman Heylen

Director, Fertility Specialist

Work Experience and Positions

Dr Heylen joined Cape Fertility in 1995, and has been a Director of Cape Fertility since then. He introduced the use of TESA (Testicular Sperm Aspiration) and ESA (Epidydimal Sperm Aspiration). Dr Heylen has published several articles in leading international fertility journals and was the first to perform laparoscopical tubal re-anastomosis in South Africa. With the embryology team of Cape Fertility he had the first PGT pregnancy in 2003. He devotes himself to the further development of infertility in South Africa. He is a regular invited speaker at fertility congresses, post-graduate courses, and universities.

Dr Heylen is a specialist in reproductive surgery (laparoscopy and hysteroscopy). He performs very specialised procedures like the removal of Asherman’s syndrome and laparoscopic transabdominal cerclage. He has extensive experience in surgery for endometriosis and fibroids. Dr Heylen is a part-time consultant at the University of Cape Town and assists in the training of fellows in Reproductive Surgery.

Dr Heylen is registered as an obstetrician and gynaecologist with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) and as a Subspecialist in Reproductive Medicine with the same body. He is the Chairman of Cape Fertility.

Dr Heylen is the first South African to become an EHSRE (European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology) certified Master in Reproductive Endoscopic Surgery (January 2017).

Dr Heylen served as vice-president of SASREG (South African Society of Reproductive medicine and Gynaecological Endoscopy)in March 2017. He was president of SASREG from October 2018 until July 2022.

Dr Heylen is married and has three lovely children. He is a black belt (3rd Dan) in Karate. He loves cycling.

Dr Paul Le Roux

Director, Fertility Specialist

He has served in the following positions on national boards:

  • Elected Vice-President of SASREG in 2008
  • Elected President of SASREG in 2011
  • Elected President of SASREG in 2014
  • Advisor to American Association of Gynaecological Laparoscopists (AAGL) in 2011
  • Editorial board of IFFS Surveillance Report in 2013 and 2016, and co-authored the reports
  • International Scientific committee of IFFS in 2016
  • Authored the gamete donation guidelines for South Africa
  • Chair of accreditation committee for IVF clinics in South Africa from 2011 onwards
  • SASREG liaison member for Department of Health for the formulation of new legislation
  • Chair of LOC for International AAGL conference in Cape Town in 2013
  • Chair of LOC for National SASREG Conference in 2015

Dr Nomathamsanqa Matebese

Director, Cape Fertility Specialist

Dr Nomathamsanqa (Tamtam) Matebese MBCHB, FCOG (SA), MMed (UCT), qualified as a medical doctor in 1993. She completed her specialist training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Cape Town. She did her fellowship training in Reproductive Endocrinology at the same University. She completed a master’s degree at UCT, her main field of research was psychosocial aspects of Reproductive Endocrinology. 

Dr Matebese has previously worked in the Reproductive Medicine unit at Groote Schuur hospital both as a clinician and lecturer where she was in charge of the recurrent miscarriage clinic for several years. She has also worked as a fertility specialist at the Vincent Pallotti hospital in Cape Town. Her special interests are Gynae – Endocrinology, IVF, recurrent pregnancy loss and laparoscopic surgery.

Dr Lizle Oosthuizen

Director, Fertility Specialist

Dr. Lizle Oosthuizen completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Cape Town in 2007. In 2010 she started work at a rural Eastern Cape hospital and headed the only unit in the province to have no maternal mortalities.

After obtaining certificates in abdominal and gynaecological ultrasound, she returned to complete her specialist degree in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Cape Town in 2015. Her interest in Reproductive Medicine and Endocrinology culminated in a Masters degree focusing on the effects of lifestyle factors on male fertility, which won best gynaecological research project in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

Dr Joanne Pottow

Director, Fertility Specialist

Dr Joanne Pottow, a Reproductive Medicine Specialist, is passionate about providing high quality, individualised patient care for each and every person she treats.

She completed her specialist training through the University of Cape Town as well as a Reproductive qualification through the University of Valencia Spain and has a special interest in recurrent implantation failure, low ovarian reserve, endometriosis and polycystic ovarian syndrome. She is an eager promoter of egg freezing, evidenced by her masters topic from the University of Valencia, Spain being Female Fertility Preservation. She has also completed the level 2 of the laparoscopic and hysteroscopic surgical training, the GESEA program of the European Academy of Gynaecological Surgery.

OUR EXPERT TEAMOur IVF Co-Ordinators Team

Sr Heidi Clark

Sr Heidi Clark

Senior IVF Co-ordinator to Dr Le Roux

Sr Elaine Brenkman

Sr Elaine Brenkman

IVF Co-ordinator to Dr Heylen

Sr Inari Mulke

Sr Inari Mulke

IVF Co-ordinator to Dr Oosthuizen and Dr Heylen

Sr Tanya Moffat

Sr Tanya Moffat

IVF Co-ordinator to Dr Matebese and Dr Le Roux

Sr Lee Van Ryneveld

Sr Lee Van Ryneveld

IVF Co-ordinator to Dr Matebese

Sr Izanne Van Rijn

Sr Izanne Van Rijn

IVF Co-ordinator to Dr Pottow

Sr Imraa Johnson

Sr Imraa Johnson

IVF Co-ordinator to Dr Pottow

Sr Natalie Craig

Sr Natalie Craig

IVF Co-ordinator to Dr Oosthuizen

OUR EXPERT TEAMOur Secretarial Team

Nazeema Abrahams

Nazeema Abrahams

PA to Dr Heylen

Roshaan Sheldon

Roshaan Sheldon

PA to Dr Le Roux

Thandeka Silatsha

Thandeka Silatsha

PA to Dr Oosthuizen

Somaya Abrahams

Somaya Abrahams

PA to Dr Pottow

Nocawe Ngqinambi

Nocawe Ngqinambi

PA to Dr Matebese

OUR EXPERT TEAMOur Laboratory Team

Robyn Van Staden

Robyn Van Staden

Chief Embryologist

Zulaigha Williams

Zulaigha Williams

Embryologist

Teresa Ernest

Teresa Ernest

Embryologist

Kirsty Abrahams

Kirsty Abrahams

Embryologist

Samantha Benghu

Samantha Benghu

Embryologist

Michaela Krishna

Michaela Krishna

Embryologist

Samantha Rehrl

Samantha Rehrl

Embryologist

 Granny Moloka

Granny Moloka

Embryologist

OUR EXPERT TEAMOur Theatre Team

Sr Lezanne Barthus

Sr Lezanne Barthus

Theatre Manager

Sr Siphokazi Gazana

Sr Siphokazi Gazana

Theatre Nurse

Diana Davids

Diana Davids

Theatre Nurse

Monica Nkewu

Monica Nkewu

Theatre Nurse

OUR EXPERT TEAMOur Finance Team

Gadija Creighton

Gadija Creighton

Chief Financial Officer

Chirley Chandler

Chirley Chandler

Patient Account Administrator

Tiffany Pearce

Tiffany Pearce

Accts Payable Administrator

Kyle Kearns

Kyle Kearns

Bookkeeper

OUR EXPERT TEAMOur Cleaning Team

Nozi Mzima

Nozi Mzima

Cleaner

Mbali Lentsha

Mbali Lentsha

Cleaner