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Burns-Hoffman and Associates

We provide a specialised consulting service throughout South Africa to Life Insurers and Reinsurers; Legal Firms; Employer Groups; Pension Funds and individuals in need of independent and objective assessment and/or management in the field of incapacity, disability and related areas of risk.

The BH&A team makes use of expert skills, knowledge and experience gained over the past 25 years of working across the different industries serviced by the team; gained within the professional domains of Occupational Therapy; Life Insurance and Reinsurance risk management; MVA, medical negligence and other litigation matters, including those arising from incapacity issues as set out under Labour Law, as well as in the development of various unique training programs.

BH&A has developed a reputation for being competitively priced, as well as for providing one of the fastest turn-around times in the delivery of completed work to its clients, which typically includes Functional Capacity Evaluations; disability claims consulting; opinions on risk matters and the delivery of client-specific, uniquely developed training programs.

The BH&A team are all qualified Occupational Therapists who have furthered their training, experience and qualifications in medical, risk, legal, human resources and/or business domains during their careers thus far. The team currently boasts three teams members who are ErgoScience qualified and one who is AMA qualified. See ‘about us’ for more information.

Our services are national. The main offices of BH&A are based in Cape Town and Johannesburg and there is an Associate office in Durban and Port Elizabeth. The team is flexible with regard to the manner in which assessments of individuals are carried out and accommodate such wherever it makes the most sense for the client. This may be in our respective consulting rooms, at the work place of the individual, in the individual’s home and/or some other venue of choice.

Listening, Servicing and Delivering are values we subscribe to in ensuring that we actively listen to and engage with all those who offer us with the opportunity and privilege to service their needs – and deliver accordingly.

Our Team

Elise Burns-Hoffman (who heads up the Cape Town office) and Lesley Burns (who heads up the Johannesburg office) both qualified with a B.Sc. Occupational Therapy degree from the University of Cape Town in 1987 and 1988 respectively.
Elise and Lesley joined forces in early 2005 when Burns-Hoffman and Associates was established.

Other members:
Lindy Nick, who works in the Cape Town office, has been with the organisation since early 2008;
Projini Naidu, our Durban Associate, joined BH&A in mid-2008;
Letitia Strauss has been with us in Port Elizabeth since April 2010;
Faheema Isaacs, who works in the Cape Town office, has been with the organisation since May 2013.


Core Services:
  • Functional Capacity Evaluations
  • Assessment of incapacity
  • Disability / Incapacity Case Management
  • The assessment of work capability in divorce matters
  • Claims assessment of Group and Individual claims
  • Claims assessment of Group or Individual Personal Accident claims
  • Disability claims training workshops
  • Pre-employment assessment of those with special workplace needs
  • Disability sensitivity / educative workshops in the work place

Latest News:

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May 2015 Newsletter: About the meaning, purpose and value we place on LISTENING as contained in our by-line LISTENING, SERVICING, DELIVERING. 

 "Julian Treasure, a sought-after and top-rated international speaker, shares five ways to re-tune your ears for conscious listening to other people and the world around you."

Articles of Interest:
Prostitution of Psychiatry:
Article by S. Kaliski - Forensic Mental Health Services, Western Cape, Department of Psychiatry & Mental Health, UCT.
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Cape Town Elise Burns-Hoffman or Tel: +27 (0) 21 785-2878 Cell: +27 (0) 83 627-5584
Johannesburg Lesley Burns Tel: +27 (0) 11 646-9649 Cell: +27 (0) 82 336-6330

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