In line with the changing needs of the market we service, it has become necessary for us to upgrade and consolidate some of our regional offices. Please take note of the update and new addresses below:

Braamfontein office
Traduna Building
118 Jorissen Street
Tel: (+27) 11 381 2161/2163

Port Elizabeth office
Unit 1A, First Floor
Building 5
1 Pommern Street
South End
Port Elizabeth
Tel: (+27) 41 363 0455

Bloemfontein office
Temporarily closed while we determine how to best service this region. Contact us on:
WhatsApp: 0860 102 493
HelpCenter and web chat

Meersig office (Centurion)
Closed for renovation, please visit us at Momentum Head Office just across the road:
268 West Avenue
Tel: (+27) 12 671 8749

To interact with Momentum Medical Scheme, we recommend that our students download the Momentum App for access to a host of useful features, from access to a doctor in your pocket to unlocking superior customer service. The Momentum App and More Health App is available on all the different play stores for Android, Apple and Huawei

The booking of a virtual consultation with our customer service agents in the student segment team is also going live 1 April 2021.

Need to get hold of us?

Help Centre on the web
0860 102 493
0860 102 493 and live Web Chat

Momentum will cover COVID-19 testing for returning students who left the country during Level 5 lockdown in March 2020, provided that they fulfil the criteria.

The academic year is set to start and that means time for many students to make their way back to South Africa and go once more into the fray. A COVID-19 test will be covered as outlined above if their Ingwe benefits are active and up-to date; and they can provide proof (stamped passport) that you left South Africa during lockdown level 5 in March 2020.

The will only qualify for 1 test and this will have to be conducted by a certified medical practitioner.

Most of us have gone on with business as usual, trying not to let the pandemic distract us from normal life. But students all wonder – if they do get COVID-19, where do they get tested, who will pay for it, what if the result is negative and they just had a sore throat?

For a COVID019 test to be covered, a student need to either 1) be showing symptoms that are related to COVID-19 infection or 2) have left South Africa during lockdown level 5, in March 2020; and are returning to South Africa for the first time since then.

Click here to view our COVID-19 pocket guide, and perhaps save it somewhere handy in case you ever need it. It was written and designed to be short and straightforward, so they can understand their cover in under two minutes.

And please remember, winter is coming and it is expected to bring a third wave of deadly infections – let’s all learn to love and wear those masks and practise social distancing and responsible sanitisation, especially when visiting one of our walk-in service centres.

2020 is officially behind us and while you may want to dwell in the spirit of lazing around, grabbing this year, the Momentum Medical Scheme membership is once again above the 150 000 families mark! Our students on the Ingwe option now have access to a COVID testing guide help them to get through the process with no confusion.

Momentum Medical Scheme recently launched a COVID-19 Self-help WhatsApp bot, aimed at making it easy and simple to obtain authorisations for related testing and treatment. The Scheme also completed a digital wrap that members can use to find out in three easy steps when they can expect to be vaccinated (based on their age profile, job category and co-morbidities). Momentum Health Solutions is also involved in various government and industry think-tanks to collectively find solutions to the pandemic, and pursue ways in which to speed vaccinations, while staying updated on vaccine efficacy testing.

Orla Quinlan, President (2019-2020)

IEASA is an organization that relies on the passion, dedication, integrity and voluntary support of members committed to internationalisation of higher education and the role IEASA plays in the Higher Education sector. We are also very grateful for the pro bono advice we receive from professional allies, who believe in the work we do. 2020 was a year during which we adapted to the COVID 19 restrictions and we moved to working online.

For 2020, our sincere thanks go to:

  • PricewaterhouseCoopers for completing the 2019 IEASA financial audit.
  • Momentum Medical Scheme, CompCare Wellness Medical Scheme, and Simeka Health for partnering with IEASA on the Medical Aid Project.
  • Judge Pillay for his valuable engagement and legal advice in revising the IEASA Constitution;
  • Advocate Matshidiso Hashatshe for sharing legal advice and experience.
  • Council Members: Wiseman Jack, Deputy President (VUT), Dr Lavern Samuels, Treasurer (DUT), Umesh Bawa (UWC), Normah Zondo (UKZN), Dr Tasmeera Singh (UKZN), Dr Segun Obadire (UNIVEN), Lebethe Malefo (UJ), Huba Boschoff, (Nuffic Neso) and Janet Van Rhyn (USAf) for their commitment and work on governance and strategy, especially their considered input to IEASA’s new guiding documents, the five year Strategic plan and the Constitution.
  • IEASA office staff: Tohiera Bagus, IEASA Manager; Dr Samia Chasi, IEASA Strategic Advisor, for their exceptional commitment and adaptability during a year that was such a dramatic departure from the way we did things, prior to 2020.
  • Each and every member of the Directors Forum, for keeping each other alert to issues that might affect our collective work, sharing institutional news and achievements, asking questions, sharing problem-solving approaches and commenting on IEASAs’ new documents. The group communicated regularly via a WhatsApp group and held two meetings on Zoom in 2020. The President would particularly like to thank:
    • Lebethe Malefo for his continued assistance on matters pertaining to immigration throughout 2020 and for moderating webinars with the DHA;
    • Normah Zondo for sharing media and government alerts about COVID-19 throughout the year and
    • Anisa Khan for alerting us to the release of the DHET policy framework for the internationalization of higher education.
  • The Publication Committee: Huba Boshoff, Chair, Divinia Jithoo and Alecia Erasmus, and Tohiera Bagus, Project Manager for their work in ensuring the delivery of the 19th edition of Study SA and all the contributors. The publication may be downloaded from the IEASA website (
  • The general membership of IEASA for their voluntary services to IEASA:
    • Sarah van der Westhuizen (SU), Anisa Khan (SU) and Quinter Onyango (UFH) for initiating new working groups in IEASA in 2020.
    • Debby Wolhuter for her administrative support and financial analysis. 
    • Dr Savo Heleta and Ms Lara Dunwell for reading and commenting on earlier drafts of IEASA documents.  
    • Vinay Rajah for her insight, enthusiasm, continuing support, commitment, reading of IEASA’s draft documents and assistance with completing the 2019 narrative report.
  • Webinar presenters and moderators: The webinar series was initiated by Tohiera Bagus. The Presenters included: Sarah van der Westhuizen, Stellenbosch University; Phindiwe Mbhele, DHA; Dr Samia Chasi, IEASA; M Mabizela, DHET and Representatives from Compcare and Momentum.
  • Our African Network for Internationalisation of Education (ANIE) colleagues for renewing our strategic partnership with a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU
  •  ANIE and all our speakers and moderators for collaborating in our joint conference themed “Innovation and Resilience in Higher Education in an Era of Covid-19 and beyond” (
  • leaders of the Network of International Education Association (NIEA), who reviewed and commented on IEASA’s five-year strategy.
  • the VC of Rhodes University, Dr Sizwe Mabizela, for his support to the President to attend the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA) Conference and NIEA meeting on behalf of IEASA in February 2020.
  • To each and everyone of you who showed kindness and offered support, during a year of great personal loss for many of our members.

Dr Prem Ramlachan, MANCOSA – Honoris United Universities

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 4 advocates the need for inclusive and equitable quality education, which will promote life-long learning opportunities for all. Globally, however, the demand for access to higher education exceeds the places which are available, resulting in many students who cannot obtain places in institutions and in their respective programmes of choice.

A case study research method was utilized, using a private higher education institution (HEI), referred to here as “Institution Y”. The empirical part of the search focused on engaging in dialogue with some of the directors based on their experience by retrieving information around the internationalisation of private higher education.

South Africa, in its quest to be the preferred destination of choice to study and research, has to discover a working basis that is universal in its application. Arguments influencing inclusivity, equality and life-long learning focuses around conceptualisation, foot-printing and agility, surfaced in the study.

The potential impact and influence of private HEIs on internationalisation of higher education can only be aligned with Goal 4 if re-conceptualisation, increasing the international footprint and agility, is driven aggressively for the greater good of the South African higher education.

It is advocated, amongst other recommendations, that private and public higher educations be strengthened systemically in South Africa, so that it becomes the destination of choice for higher education to realise Sustainable Development Goal 4.

Prof. Brendon Knott, Cape Peninsula University of Technology

The COVID-19 pandemic may have prohibited international travel, yet in some cases, it also provided a catalyst to design new online means of international engagement. Academics from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) and the School of Marketing and Management at Coventry University, UK, realised that with all their students and class engagement being online, it was easier to arrange combined classes and virtual engagement, especially given the similar time zone. The result was the design of a collaborative project that saw students designing a marketing launch for an event which is similar to Cape Town’s ‘Fit-night out’ (an annual outdoor fitness event linked to the Women’s Health Magazine) but adapted for the UK audience.

CPUT Sport Management Department’s Associate Prof Brendon Knott says a group of final year undergraduate students from Coventry were paired with Advanced Diploma CPUT students to collaborate on this sport event marketing project in a Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) project. “COIL refers to ‘virtual mobility’ experiences that are incorporated into the formal curriculum,” says Dr Knott. At the end of the project, the students were required to submit a 15-minute launch video highlighting various aspects of the event and their proposed ideas. In addition, each student was required to submit a reflective essay documenting the digital and intercultural skills they had learnt from the collaboration.

Students were actively engaging in sport event design and marketing principles on an international level of Teaching and Learning, says CPUT project facilitator, Dr Janice Hemmonsbey. Dr Hemmonsbey adds that the students from the two universities engaged virtually on this exciting interactive event design project. “The UK version of Women’s Health Magazine wants to bring the outdoor fitness event concept to England, to encourage sport participation in women, more so considering the forthcoming 2022 Commonwealth Games,” she says.

Selected feedback from CPUT students highlighted the success of the project:

“The sessions were very informative and that the two groups of students helped each other a lot. We got more understanding of event design and event experience. Now our group knows how to apply the theory. It was great to learn about their culture and how they do things.”

We were able to work with students who are completely different to us. We were able to learn about how other countries do things when it comes to cultural activities and we were able to see how diverse we are as people, yet we were able to communicate and work together on this project.”

Coventry University project coordinator, Helen Grimley, says that her students learnt to compare their opinions and knowledge on outdoor fitness events with those of their university peers and the South African students. Grimley adds, “They were able to gain insights into a different cultural perspective which they may not have even considered if the COIL project hadn’t taken place”.

Divinia Jithoo, Durban University of Technology.

On the 16th of February 2021, DUT was presented with the 2021 Global award for innovation and excellence in Internationalisation at the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA) annual conference in a virtual ceremony. DUT is also the first institution outside of the USA and Europe to win this award. The AIEA is a member organisation that equips leaders to shape the future of higher education in a global context. The AIEA advances strategic transformational approaches to Internationalisation of higher education; empowers those who lead such efforts; convenes global conversations on key issues; and partners with other organisations around the world to develop sustainable, forward looking perspectives.

The AIEA has recognised DUT for its participation in the COIL project in South Africa as the first and currently only country in Africa to do so. The association has said that it applauds DUT’s leadership in Africa in the integration of the COIL programme into DUT’s academic endeavours.

DUT’s International Education and Partnerships Director, Dr Lavern Samuels said that DUT scooped this award due to its innovation in Internationalisation by using Virtual Engagement (VE) and doing things differently. He said DUT has taken Internationalisation beyond academic mobility through internationalising the curriculum through VE and COIL so that the benefit is felt across the university. “It is a unique honour for us to receive this award, particularly with it not being awarded to any other South African university before. It allows us to take our place in international education as a university of excellence and that makes us really proud. It follows up on many other accolades for the university, particularly the rankings that we achieved in 2020. It builds the reputation of the university and that means a lot for us to be recognised as a university of excellence,” said Dr Samuels 

Sally Frost, UKZN

UKZN’s Professor Steve Johnson has obtained an A1 rating from the National Research Foundation (NRF). This is the highest rating that the NRF awards to ‘researchers who are unequivocally recognised by their peers as leading international scholars in their field for the high quality and wide impact (ie beyond a narrow field of specialisation) of their recent research outputs.’

Johnson is a professor in the School of Life Sciences on the Pietermaritzburg campus and the Director of the UKZN Centre for Functional Biodiversity. He also holds the South African Research Chair (SARCHI) in Evolutionary Biology.  

Johnson’s research is aimed at understanding the reproductive ecology and evolutionary diversification of plants. He has a keen interest in the role of volatiles (chemical elements and compounds that can be readily vaporised) in mediating plant-animal interactions and has established a state-of-the-art laboratory for the study of chemical signals deployed by plants to attract pollinators.

He has a Google Scholar h-index of 73 and has published more than 330 peer-reviewed scientific papers and four books. He has also served as an Associate Editor for five international science journals.

‘The School of Life Sciences is particularly proud to have such a high calibre researcher in our team,’ said Dean and Head of School, Professor Ade Olanarin. ‘His continued contribution to the School, especially in the areas of mentorship and capacity building, through the activities of the NRF-funded community of practice linked to the Centre for Functional Biodiversity is very much appreciated. We wish Steve an ever more successful academic career as he continues to inspire and motivate all of us.’

Dean of Research in the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science, Professor Neil Koorbanally concurred: ‘Steve, we are proud to have you in our College. You are truly an inspiration for younger researchers.’

‘Being A-rated is a goal achieved by few of us as researchers and academics,’ said College Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Albert Modi. ‘The NRF rating system is a key driver in the NRF’s aim to build a globally competitive science system in South Africa. It is a valuable tool for benchmarking the quality of our researchers against the best in the world. Rated researchers as supervisors will impart cutting-edge skills to the next generation of researchers. Steve, congratulations on this brilliant success! You worked hard with a great team and you deserve this recognition and admiration.