MISHUMO OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH GROUP - Mishumo is the major occupational health service provider in Limpopo | Polokwane | Tzaneen | Phalaborwa | Lephalale. We use a multi-disciplinary team approach that addresses an employee's total health in body, mind and spirit.

Executive Summary


Mishumo is a prominent Occupational Health service Provider in LIMPOPO, operating from Polokwane, Tzaneen, Makhado and Phalaborwa.

The comany is a 100% female black owned Occupational Health Service Provider. The company was established in Cape Town and has offices in the town‘s CBD and as well as in Polokwane, Limpopo. The entity is headed by a qualified Occupational Medicine Specialist with a Master of Medicine degree in Occupational Medicine from the University of Cape Town as well as the Fellowship of the College of Public Health Medicine in Occupational Medicine qualification from the College of Medicine of South Africa (CMSA).

Mishumo is passionate about the well-being of workers (employees and employers included) from all sectors; industrial, mining, agriculture as well as corporate. We pride ourselves in our team which hosts experienced health professionals who have worked for several years in occupational medicine, occupational hygiene, employee wellness programs, and compensation claims for occupational diseases and injuries as well as medico-legal consultancy. Our staff members are and have been involved in both the public and private sectors.

We offer services with the primary objective of maximizing production and minimizing absenteeism while keeping the workers healthy in mind, body and spirit.

We believe that a happy, healthy worker produces faster and better results. We plan our services based on the following Acts amongst others:

  • Occupational Health and Safety Act.
  • Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases.
  • Basic Conditions of Employment Act.
  • Labor Relations Act.
  • Mine Health and Safety Act.
  • Employment Equity Act

Mishumo’s existence is based on two simple facts:

  1. Healthy employees are more productive than chronically ill employees.
  2. It costs less to prevent injuries than to treat them after they occur.

By helping employees change their behavior patterns and choose more healthy lifestyles, Mishumo will lower company’s health care expenditures, while raising worker productivity. Health care expenditures will decrease due to reduced medical insurance premiums, reduced absenteeism, reduced turnover rates, reduced worker’s compensation claims, reduced tardiness and shorter hospital stays.

We are dedicated, accountable, thorough and very competent in the legislation that governs workers in South Africa.

About The Founder

Dr Mokgadi Mothemela completed her undergraduate degree in 2004. After completing community service in 2006, she registered for her Master of Medicine in Otorhinolaringology with MEDUNSA. However, after passing her primaries, she developed a deep interest in Occupational Medicine. She was accepted at the University of Cape Town to specialize in Occupational Medicine in 2008. Within 3 months of her enrollment, she was sent to Italy for an all-expenses paid course on Chronic Exposure to Low Levels of Heavy Metals.

During her specialist training, she was placed at Groote Schuur Hospital which is one of the biggest and most reputable Occupational Medicine Clinics in the South Africa. At this clinic, she gained experience in managing employees from a broad range of industries. She has conducted countless patient based and workplace-based health risk assessments.

She has presented for a wide range of academic audiences including at international conferences. She published an article on Pesticides and Dermatoses in the journal of Allergies in the Workplace.

Her thesis on “MESOTHELIOMA IN SOUTH AFRICA 3 DECADES POST PEAK OF ASBESTOS PRODUCTION: AN ANALYSIS OF A CLAIMS DATABASE OF ASBESTOS EX-MINERS.” that advanced the South African literature in this field, got excellent commendations from two independent reviewers.

After completing her Master of Medicine in Occupational Medicine at the University of Cape Town, Dr Mothemela sat for her Fellowship exams at the College of Medicine of South Africa. She became a fellow of the College of Public Health Medicine specializing in Occupational Medicine, making her the first Occupational Medicine Specialist in Limpopo.

She worked as head of emergency unit at Northam Platinum mine, the biggest platinum mine in South Africa, receiving and managing injuries on duty. At this mine, she was also given a task of managing a backlog of disability cases caused by occupational injuries and diseases which she executed excellently.

Dr. Mothemela is a member of the South African Society of Occupational Medicine and a distinguished professional who is passionate about all related to occupational medicine.