South African Society for Surgery of the Hand SASSH


AC (“Boon”) Boonzaier proposed the formation of the South African Society for Surgery of the Hand (SASSH) at the Orthopaedic Congress in Johannesburg in 1963. This was seconded by G T du Toit. The first meeting of the proposed Hand Society took place in Johannesburg on 4 April 1964 under auspices of the South African Orthopaedic Association (SAOA) and presided over by the President W T Ross and Secretary J Craig. The first Draft Constitution was presented at a meeting held on 20 Nov 1964 at the SA Blood Transfusion Lecture Hall in Johannesburg. This Constitution was debated and changed over the next 5 years and finally adopted by the Medical Association of South Africa (MASA) on 6 Feb 1969 and accepted by SASSH at its inaugural meeting on 11 July 1969 at Pretoria. Early visits by eminent Hand Surgeons included Guy Pulvertaft (UK) (1960), Dan Riordan (USA) (1966), Willie White (USA) (1969).