Recipient of the Order of Mapungubwe visits Mapungubwe Museum
Dr Selig Percy Amoils, ophthalmologist, world-renowned pioneering inventor, biomedical engineer and recipient of the highest honour in the country, the Order of Mapungubwe, visited the Mapungubwe Museum at the University of Pretoria on 12 June 2007.
Dr Amoils was presented with the Order of Mapungubwe in silver by President Mbeki on 26 September 2006 for excellence in the field of ophthalmology and for inspiring his colleagues in the field of science. The Order of Mapungubwe is awarded to South Africans whose achievements have had an international impact and who have served the Republic of South Africa.
Spurred on by the award and due to visit the Mapungubwe National Park World Heritage Site, Dr Amoils visited the Mapungubwe Museum to view the original golden rhinoceros and the remainder of the collection on display.
Practising as an ophthalmologist who specialises in retinal eye diseases, eye surgery and glaucoma, he has worked at the Baragwaneth Hospital in Soweto, Moorfields Hospital in London and the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in the USA. He has won several prestigious awards and has developed several innovative products, such as the cryoprobe, a device for cataract and retinal detachment surgery for which he achieved world recognition and received a Queen’s award, the vitrectomy cutter (a vitrectomy is performed when the gel-like substance that fills the centre of the eye has to be removed) and the ovalometer, which controls astigmatism after cataract surgery.
Dr Percy Amoils, recipient of the Order of Mapungubwe, beside the golden rhinoceros in the Mapungubwe Museum at the University of Pretoria.