About us

Our team consist of qualified experts in the fields of Clinical Engineering, Health Planning and Quality Management in the Public as well as in the Private sectors. We have the advantage of many years of experience on a wide range of projects in different countries, from multi-specialist government hospitals to small clinics. We operate completely independently which means that consultation is unbiased and based on our extensive knowledge of industry norms and professional opinion.

Meet our Responsible Team

Riaan van der Watt

Managing Director

Working in the Health Technology field since 1995. He has worked for two of the three large private hospital groups in South Africa as hospital engineer, clinical engineer and as group technical manager. He holds a B.Eng (Mechanical), B.Eng. Honors (Biomedical) and a Masters in Engineering Management, all from the University of Pretoria(UP). He is currently enrolled for a PHD in Engineering Management at the UP, GSTM studying “Diffusion of Technology into the Healthcare environment”. In 2007 he founded Rho Consulting and later REAF Consulting.

Helen Potgieter


Since 1998 Helen started her journey in Clinical Engineering at one of South Africa’s largest private hospital groups. During the first decade of her career, in this sector, she worked herself up from Clinical Engineer , Technical Services Manager to Regional Technical Manager. Helen joined and became co-owner of Rho Consulting in 2007, which is now the holding company of REAF consulting. Helen is also a lecturer in Clinical Engineering Management at UNISA and she holds an NDip Electrical Engineering (Clinical) as well as an APMP and Masters Degree in Business Administration, ISO13485 Implementation and Auditing.

Hennie van Tonder

Senior Health Technology Consultant

Since 1991 Hennie worked in private hospitals as a Clinical Engineer at several facilities over a period of 13 years after which he joined a Medical Equipment Manufacturing company where he was a National Technical Manager. Hennie joined Rho in 2008 and subsequently REAF where he currently specialises in the verification of medical equipment in remote sites. Hennie holds a NDip Electrical Engineering (Clinical) as well as a BCom: Financial Management, ISO13485 Implementation and Auditing

Zodwa Fakude

Senior Health Technology Consultant

Zodwa started her career as Clinical Engineering Technician in the private sector in 2008 and joined the REAF team in 2014. Since 2015 Zodwa has had extensive experience in the monitoring and oversight of health Technology projects for the National Department of Health. Zodwa holds a BTech Degree in Electrical Engineering (TUT), a Post Graduate Diploma in Health Technology Management as well as in Public Health.

Amarencia Fritz

Quality Management Consultant

Amarencia started her career as a Clinical Engineer for a private hospital group in 2008 and ventured on to Medical Device sales from 2010 to 2021 for several large medical device companies where she worked herself up to National Product and Technical Manager. She developed a passion for Quality Management Systems specific to the medical device industry and joined the REAF team in 2022. She holds a BTech Electrical Engineering degree and is a qualified Lead Auditor for ISO13485.


The man who asks a question is a fool for a minute, the man who does not ask is a fool for life- Confucius.

Completed and current Projects

KGV Hospital

·        Specification, Procurement, Commissioning and Training of the Health technology requirements for the new King DinuZulu Hospital (old King George V)-(2011-15) Edendale Hospital and King Edward VIII Hospital for the KZN DoH ( HT componentappox. R182 Million),



·        Independent Certifier for the New Lesotho Referral Hospital, a 390 bed hospital with 3 filter clinics. This project is a Lesotho Government: Department of Health initiative and is overseen by the International Finance Corporation (IFC). (2010)



·        Building Impact Reporting, Equipment Specification, Adjudication, Procurement and Commissioning at the new Botshilu Private Hospital which opened in 2015 (HT project value R32 Million)



·        Pixley ka Seme Memorial Level 2 Regional hospital with 500 beds, Full HT consulting service – in final construction stage, to be opened in 2020 Currently in the construction phase. ( HT Project value approx.. R300 Million)