Francois is the managing director of DAN-SA. He is a mechanical engineer and a recognised international expert in pressure vessel design and safety. In addition to ensuring that DAN-SA serves its mission effectively and diligently, Francois is also responsible for the operational, technical, safety, financial and insurance aspects of DAN-SA and its programmes. He is the treasurer of International DAN (IDAN) as well as their technical consultant.
Morné Christou has a solid background in dive resort management and diving instruction. He also has extensive experience within the diving industry and has a particular interest in diving safety. His duties at DAN include dive safety education; support, servicing and training of remote recompression facilities; public relations; marketing, and various dive safety projects. His responsive, ‘can do’ and ‘hands-on’ approach goes a long way towards ensuring that DAN members continue receiving the best quality service possible.
Laurel is an Emergency Medical Technologist and is responsible for supporting the DAN-SA medical information and emergency hotline during office hours. She has many years’ experience working at Netcare’s call centre and continues to works closely with Netcare when further assistance or evacuation is required. She ensures that DAN members have a uniquely personal experience when accessing DAN’s emergency and medical services. She provides important quality assurance and continuity of care.
Sel-Marie is in charge of DAN membership services administration. She is the go-to person for membership enquiries. Her pledge is to ensure that DAN membership applications are processed within 48 hours, but her goal is to beat that whenever she and her team can do so.. Sel-Marie’s strength is in her ability to multi-task and to balance workloads with a positive attitude and team approach.
Jens is responsible for supporting the DAN-SA medical information and emergency hotline after hours. Jens is also a vital part of the DAN admin team. Always keen to assist our customers. He has a positive, creative demeanor with a knack for technology. Without a doubt “service excellence” is his motto; he goes the extra mile to ensure that our DAN Instructors and associated dive businesses receive top class service by providing them with the necessary support they need to further dive safety.
Ann Schwaeble, joined DAN-SA in 2013 as company director. Her role is to ensure that DAN-SA handles its financial affairs diligently and she keeps tight control over DAN’s budget. Together with Morné Christou, Ann is committed towards building up DAN-SA’s staff as a team to achieve the highest level of service excellence to its members.
Michelle Littlewood has been DAN-SA’s accounting officer for more than 12 years. Working diligently behind the scenes, Michelle is part of the backbone of DAN and takes care of all the daily financial administration tasks.
Dr Jack Meintjes
Dr Jack Meintjes is an occupational medicine specialist and diving medicine expert. He has served as the medical director for DAN-SA since 2007. Dr Meintjes has extensive training and many years of experience in hyperbaric medicine and commercial diving. He is the Course Director for the prestigious Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine programme at the University of Stellenbosch.
Dr Hermie Britz
Dr Hermie Britz is a highly trained and experienced emergency physician. After a hiatus following maternity she rejoined the DAN medical team as assistant medical director in 2011. Her vast experience in emergency medicine, expertise in PFO screening and deep technical diving support make her a prized member of the team.
Dr Frans Cronjé
Dr Frans Cronjé is the founder of DAN-SA. Following his maxim that “success without succession is failure” he passed on the baton of managing director to Francois Burman in 2011. It remains a source of great joy to him to see how DAN-SA continues to grow. He is happy to offer ongoing support wherever his 20 years plus of diving and hyperbaric expertise may be of value.
Dr Mike Marshall
Dr Lourens de Kock
Dr Mike Marshall is the medical director for the St Augustine’s Hyperbaric Medicine Centre. He has supported the DAN hotline as a diving medical doctor since 2002.
Dr Lourens de Kock is one of the partners in a busy diving, aviation and maritime medical practice in Cape Town.
Dr Cecilia Roberts
Dr Gary Morris
Dr Cecilia Roberts is a qualified diving and hyperbaric medicine physician, currently based at the Baromedical facility near Tygerberg hospital in Cape Town, with additional experience in emergency medicine, anaesthesiology and occupational health.
Dr Gary Morris is a general medical practitioner from Scottburgh, KwaZulu-Natal.
Dr Blanche Andrews
Dr Ajit Daya
Dr Blanche Andrews completed her BSc (Hons) degree in underwater medicine and previously worked as a submarine and diving doctor for the SA Navy/SAMHS. She currently specialises in occupational medicine at Stellenbosch University.
Dr Ajit Daya currently work in a Cape Town based group private practice covering aviation, diving, occupational health, immigration and travel medicine. He previously worked in SAMHS for the SA Navy in Underwater and Occupational Health, holding post graduate qualifications in both fields. He has experience in both military and commercial diving as well as hyperbaric medicine.
Dr LaDonna Davids
Dr LaDonna Rae Davids became involved in diving medicine several years ago when joining the Institute for Maritime Medicine. She is currently the Senior Diving Medical Officer at the SA Navy, involved with both the diving and submarine branches. She has qualified in a number of DAN courses and serves to date as a diving medical doctor for DAN hotline.
Dr Evert Bouwer
Dr Evert Bouwer has completed his MBChB degree, dive medicine and level 2 operational support qualifications. He is a travel health practitioner, and a general practitioner in Durbanville, Cape Town.
Louis Engelbrecht heads-up the DAN Legal|Network. He studied law at the (then) Rand Afrikaans University. After completing the BA LLB degree, he was admitted as Advocate of the High Court of South Africa in 1987. He has had a passion for scuba diving since his primary school days.
Karien Brand is responsible for supporting the DAN-SA medical information and emergency hotline after hours. She provides important quality assurance and customer care related to these calls.
George Erasmus is responsible for supporting the DAN-SA medical information and emergency hotline after hours. He provides important quality assurance and customer care related to these calls.