Dr Desai

Dr. Moosa Desai


Dr Moosa Desai has a vast experience in the medical sector.

He qualified with his MBBCh in 1984 and has worked at various public hospitals including RK Khan, Edendale, Northdale, Greys, GJ Crookes, and Port Shepstone hospitals. He has been in private medical practice, as a general practitioner, since 1991.His private practice, located in Port Shepstone, due to its reputation of high quality and affordable holistic care, is frequented by patients from the town, as well as from far off rural areas. The practice provides a range of services including maternity and surgical facilities. Dr Desai has served in various other medical related roles.

At a district level, he served on the UGU District Municipality’s HIV & Aids Council and was an Executive Member of the Hibiscus Coast Municipality’s HIV Task Team.

He previously served as the Chairperson of the Port Shepstone Provincial Hospital Board and was a member of the Provincial Health Council.

At a national level, Dr Desai has served as Chairperson of the Standing Committee on Health & Care for the South African Red Cross Society. In addition, he previously also coordinated a two-year Maternal Care & PMTCT programme, in conjunction with the Department of Health, at over 75 local government clinics. Dr Desai involves himself, extensively and voluntarily, in local development, upliftment, charity and humanitarian work.

Back in the 1980s, during the violent Inanda Riots, Dr Desai formed part of a team at the King Edward Provincial Hospital’s trauma unit providing medical assistance to victims of political violence.

In the build up to the 1994 elections, he formed part of the regional leadership of the ANC and thereafter served as the ANC Regional Treasurer as well as the chairperson of the Muslim Forum for Justice. In addition, in the early years of the country’s new dispensation, he served as the vice-chairperson of a rural tourism and women empowerment entity, the Vulindela Association of South Africa.

He previously chaired a faith-based charity and socio-economic empowerment organisation, the Port Shepstone Zakaah Committee. In a less formal role, he has driven and coordinated various projects based in the peri-urban informal settlement of Louisiana.

Dr Desai has a long history and participation in private health care facilities and hospitals. He was a founding member and served as a Director on the Board of the Hibiscus Private Hospital.

Currently, since 2008, he has chaired the Shelly Beach Consortium which preceded the establishment of the Shelly Beach Day Clinic and now Shelly Beach Hospital. He is married to Tasmia Engar whom he derives strength from and has three children who he is abundantly gracious for.