What We Do

Communication - with you and stakeholders

  • Interactive SADA website – www.sada.co.za
  • Access to a wealth of information
  • Free subscription to the weekly careers and job classified advertisements
  • Keep yourself up to date with dental functions, meetings, seminars and courses
  • Members are able to load their own advertisements and calendar events

“Intellectual” - Input

  • Assisting and preparing the profession to be NHI-ready
  • Monitoring statutory gazettes and circulars
  • Briefing sessions
  • Submitting SADA input
  • Arguing the cases of dentists in industry debates and discussions

Private & Public Practice

    • Advisory opinion: specifically to allow publication of practice cost study
    • Legal and consultant opinions
    • Submission to HPCSA: exemption from consumer protection act
    • Procedure coding: numbering and terminology, interpretation, guidelines, and usage rules vs funder’s rules
    • Icd-10 coding
    • Future coding systems
  • INDEMNITY COVER (not to be confused with insurance):
    • Misconception that public service dentists don’t need indemnity cover
    • Many institutions provide limited indemnity which is often insufficient and inadequate to protect YOU
    • SADA = agent for Dental Protection (DP)

Advocacy & Representation

  • Presents a united voice in influencing public policy, in the formulation and promotion of sound National Oral Health Policy and State dental programmes and policies
  • We promote the profession’s perspective in a unified, clear and timely manner with government agencies, business sectors and other role players
  • SADA puts the profession’s democratically reached views to national administrations and many other influential bodies

Legal and Ethical advice and guidance

  • Know and understand the laws and regulations that impact the Dental professison and can inform the way you practice
  • SADA offers you access to information on health related legislation, regulation guidelines and policy documents
  • Members can also obtain individual and specific legal and ethical advice relating to dental practice in South Africa
  • Access to the Dental Mediator to deal with patient complaints and conflict resolution

Public Awareness

  • Campaigns to maintain the recognition of the dentist as the oral health care expert and the leader of the dental team. SADA policy seeks to maintain the highest professional standards.


  • Gain that superior advantage with access to the dental professions’ most prestigious professional development
  • SA Dental Journal (keeps you abreast of the latest developments in dentistry) The only fully accredited scientific dental journal in South Africa for publication of Scientific papers, Clinical articles, Current dento-political information and opinion and Trade information. Members are also able to attain their CDP points by completing the online questionnaires.
  • Continuing education workshops and lectures at branches (excellent ways to increase your knowledge and to obtain the CPD points you need)
  • Congresses (featuring local and international speakers, and providing excellent networking opportunities)
  • Educational Grants (ensuring research and development in the profession)
    • DDF enables suitable applicants to access funds for education and research projects
    • Award grants and prizes to encourage and further research
    • Part sponsorship with IADR (International Association for Dental Research) for support to members attending IADR Congresses
    • Financial assistance provided to members travelling overseas to present papers or posters
    • Donations are made each year to all the dental faculty libraries through DDFT
    • Assistance to members and their family who may have fallen on hard times, via the Benevolent Fund