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SAIDS mourns the passing of Dr. Ismail Jakoet

The SAIDS Board and Staff are deeply saddened by the passing this morning of Dr Ismail Jakoet.

Dr Jakoet was the first Chairman of the SAIDS Board and also served a term as Board member. He mentored many in the field of anti-doping collection procedures and was a pioneer in the roll-out of sports medicines services to all levels of rugby competition in the country.

Dr Jakoet qualified as a medical doctor at UCT and initially practiced as a general practitioner in Port Elizabeth. In the Eastern Cape he was involved in club and provincial rugby. He served on the then non-racial SA Rugby Union executive for a number of years and would eventually be part of the unified SA Rugby management team as the Chief Medical Officer for Rugby in the country. As a medical professional with expertise in anti-doping, Dr Jakoet was respected and well-known in international sports circles.

At SAIDS, he will be sorely missed for his mentoring advice, sense of humour and down-to-earth nature with staff. His legacy within SAIDS will continue to live on.

May his soul rest in peace.