Theuns Botha to head up new Healthcare Cooperative

MediCoop CFI, the financial cooperative that provides banking services exclusively to members in the health care sector, has reached a new milestone with the appointment of Mr. Theuns Botha as its managing director.

Theuns Botha

Adv. Barney Esterhuyzen, chairperson of the MediCoop CFI, announced that Mr. Theuns Botha, former Western Cape Minister of Health, will take the helm of this fast growing institution.

MediCoop CFI was established in 2016 as a deposit taking institution and is head quartered in Cape Town, with branch offices in Port Elizabeth and Pretoria servicing a national member/client base exclusively in the health care sector.

At the time of the announcement, Esterhuyzen said, “The vision for MediCoop CFI is to be the leading cooperative bank for the health care sector in Africa. With the appointment of Theuns Botha as managing director, we are investing in a person that has a credible track record and substantial network in the sector.”

MediCoop CFI is unique because it is a member-driven bank. Membership is limited to health care professionals, health care workers, medical industry stakeholders and related parties. Qualifying members are required to acquire a mandatory minimum of 1000 shares at R1 per share. In order to ensure that the cooperative remains the property of its members, no entity or individual may own more than 15 percent of the bank.

MediCoop CFI is regulated under The Co-operatives Bank Act by the Supervisor of Co-operative Banks, the Co-operative Bank Development Agency, National Treasury and the South African Reserve Bank. MediCoop is also registered with the National Credit Regulator (NCR) as credit provider and with the Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC). 

Botha said, “I regard it as a huge privilege and opportunity to be involved in such a one-of-its-kind venture to enhance the medical and health sector in South Africa. It is my vision to develop MediCoop CFI to become the preferred financial institution for the sector and to make a meaningful contribution to specifically empower those in the sector who did not have access to opportunities in the past. MediCoop CFI offers an opportunity to all health professionals to become active, successful and valuable role players in the sector and our economy.

“It is our aim to eventually provide our members with a comprehensive range of financial banking products as well as auxiliary services and products.   The general provision of financial services for medical professionals is not industry specific orientated and yet as a sector, it represents a major share in the economy.  This creates a huge opportunity for MediCoop CFI to address this void.” 

MediCoop is well structured and equipped to create exciting opportunities for its members and investors to “own their own bank” and to share in the revenue stream.

For more information on the SA Primary Medical Financial Co-Operative Limited (registration number 2015/014609/24), trading as MediCoop CFI, visit the web link

National Credit Regulator reg. no. NCRCP 8712 | Financial Intelligence Centre ID No.38406

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