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Dr. Lynette Coetzee to Receive Honorary Membership from Sigma Theta Tau International

It has been 46 years of a successful career at Transnet and this year couldn’t have ended on a more brilliant note for Dr. Lynette Coetzee, founder of the Transnet-Phelophepa Health Care Train. Dr. Coetzee, Senior Manager: Health at the Transnet Foundation and Project Manager of Phelophepa is the first woman in Africa to receive this high accolade and among seven individuals in the world who will be awarded with the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI)’s honorary 2013 membership.

The Honorary stature is presented to individuals who have contributed to the advancement of national or global health care and the honorary members will be inducted on 17 November 2013 at STTI’s 42nd Biennial Convention in Indianapolis, in the USA.

Previous honorary members include Her Royal Highness Princess Muna Al Hussein of Jordan; Tore Laerdal (the managing director of Laerdal Global Health) and other men and women with superior achievements, dating back to 1939.

‘’This is a crown jewel of my career in improving primary healthcare in rural South Africa and a treasure I am taking forward to my new career as integral coach. It is a wonderful foundation to continue to plough into Transnet and the broader community,’’ an emotional Dr. Coetzee said.

She further pointed out that what will make this year’s event special to South Africa is that Professor Hester Klopper, an international academic leader with extensive international networks in public health, policy development, nursing and health care will be inaugurated as the new STTI’s President at the same STTI biennium.  Apart from the position being the highest in the Society, she is also the first African to reach that level of command.

Dr. Coetzee and Transnet Foundation’s relationship with the STTI started two years ago when Phelophepa received the Honor Society of Nursing recognition for making a visible difference to the lives of people in rural areas. Dr. Lynette received the award on the Transnet-Phelophepa “Train of Hope’s” behalf and instead of giving a speech, she opted for a four minute DVD presentation on Phelophepa’ services, resulting in a standing ovation from the gathering.

Transnet Foundation would like to congratulate Dr. Lynette Coetzee with a standing ovation.


Comments (8)
  1. Hilary Stoddart:
    Oct 23, 2013 at 05:09 PM

    Dear Lynette,

    The Transnet-Phelophepa Health Care Train is one of my all time great stories of awesome inventions in the healthcare and social work sectors - I am very happy to find out who you are firstly - the founder! - and to hear you have won this award. You deserve it with stars and whistles and bells on for all the healthcare you have brought to the people of this country. I salute you. You are wonderful!
    Blessings to you and all your family

  2. Sithokozile Mbongo:
    Oct 28, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    Congradualtions Dr,

    Your hardword and dedication is greatly appreciated. You are an inspiration. May God bless you and your family.

    Oct 31, 2013 at 09:30 AM

    I am so excited for you and the foundation well done!!! .Phelophepha deserves this for helping all South africens

  4. Rikki Billson:
    Nov 02, 2013 at 01:09 PM

    At last - accolades should have come your way years ago. I am so proud of you and having been part of your team.

  5. Toni van Eyssen:
    Nov 04, 2013 at 09:24 AM

    Heartiest Congratulations - your tenacious spirit is inspiring All the very best for future endeavours. xx Toni

  6. Jessica Batts:
    Nov 04, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    Dear Dr Lynette

    Congratualations and Well Done. This is an outstanding achievement and well deserved. Good luck with your future endeavours. Kind Regards

  7. Michele Stoudmann:
    Nov 04, 2013 at 07:24 PM

    Dear Lynette
    Congratulations on this wonderful award - a fitting recognition for what you have achieved!
    Warm regards

  8. Dr Thandeka Mazibuko :
    Nov 26, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    Phelophepha is the beam of light to our dark rural health sector, that has costed us so many rural patients lives from just preventable disease alone.
    Thank you for holding the light for all those without health care choices
    For our kitchen girl mothers, garden boys fathers and uncles
    Keep up the good work sisi
    Let's us all help you hold this lamp in the best possible way. God bless Africa.

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