Tribute to James Cape

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August 31, 2021


Retina South Africa sadly announces the passing of our Chairman James Cape in July 2021. James was Chairman of Retina South Africa for 15 years and will be sorely missed.

James Cape was an active and dedicated member of the Retina South Africa team since the early 1980’s. He served on both regional and national committee in various roles such as Treasurer, Vice Chairman, Branch Chairman and was elected National Chairman in 2006.

James had a long and successful career in corporate banking and he brought his expertise and dedication to Retina South Africa.

He was the driving force in uniting the foundation to be one, strong, national organisation backed with a robust and comprehensive governance code. The strategies, policies and documents he instituted will ensure the health of the Foundation far into the future.

He also led the formulation of a new Mission and Vision which reinforced our focus on finding treatments for retinal vision loss. He spearheaded the establishment of a dynamic, secure patient registry to which we have now linked our digital voting process.

He was very proud of the Management Committee elected in 2020 which was the first democratically elected MC in the history of the Foundation. He would be equally proud of the new MC that was elected on August 14th.

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