The landscape: How do we close the gap?

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Demand

  • Large divide between rich and poor
  • Private Hospitals inaccessible
  • Poor distribution, not transparent
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Supply

  • Medical equipment in private hospitals have a definite lifetime
  • End of lifetime = admin and costs
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Closing The Gap

  • MediMerchant pioneers re-utilisation
  • Refurbish and sell; donate to where needed
  • Compliant, transparent

Management Team

The management team of Medi-Merchant are experienced in the trade, and committed to service excellence and values its relationships with customers.

Julius Schoeman, Co-founder

After matriculating from Grey Kollege, Julius obtained his Bachelors in Accounting and Honours in Management Accounting from the University of Stellenbosch.

Subsequent to his education, he launched his career in London, working for a Rolls Royce subsidiary responsible for power generation projects in various countries around the world. 5 years later, he returned to South Africa and worked at Philip Morris International as a strategic planner and business development manager.

For the last 7 years, he was focused on national and international projects, which created an urge to make a difference and co-found MediMerchant.

Jan Derksen, Co-founder

Jan grew up on a farm in Kroonstad. Subsequent to matriculating from Grey Kollege in Bloemfontein, he obtained a Honours degree in Geology from the University of Stellenbosch and moved to Tanzania to work in remote locations on geological exploration projects.

While living with rural communities, he grew to appreciate and understand the universal benefit of repurposing and the detrimental effect of dumping on the environment. He returned to South Africa in 2015, but still travels to East Africa on a regular basis.

His belief in a system of refurbishment and donation to promote the South African social and environmental wellbeing prompted him to co-found Medi-Merchant.

The landscape

MediMerchant is a private company that manages replaced hospital equipment and furniture in order to offer private hospitals a one-stop service to facilitate social investment.

South Africa has a large divide between rich and poor with underfunded public medical services. Public hospitals and low-LSM individuals are desperately in need of used/refurbished hospital items whilst not being able to afford new equipment.

Simultaneously, medical equipment in private hospitals has a definite lifetime and are sidelined when they are no longer needed. At this point in time, they take up expensive storage space and place an administrative and potentially legal burden on hospital management.

MediMerchant utilises this gap by pioneering the concept of reutilisation. Through our contacts and experience, we are in the unique position to bring supply and demand together by refurbishing medical equipment and making it available.

MediMerchant is licensed to own, handle and transport equipment including redundant x-ray machines.

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