Healthcare group deeply saddened by the passing of much-loved doctor

Warm smile and sense of humour of former Springbok rugby star forever remembered

Wednesday, July 15 2020

Dr Billyy van der Merwe, managing director of Netcare’s Primary Care Division, of which Medicross is a subsidiary, today expressed his deep sadness at the passing of the renowned Dr Corra Dirksen, who died in the early hours of Friday morning, 10 July 2020.

“We at Medicross mourn the loss of a healthcare professional and human being of great stature. “Dr Corra” was highly respected, and much loved by his colleagues, patients as well as by the staff and management of Medicross Krugersdorp where he practised for 23 years,” said Van der Merwe.

“Dr Corra, who had a particular interest in obstetrics, not only contributed at a clinical level to Medicross Krugersdorp but also played an active role in assisting with suggestions to improve processes to the benefit of patients and the communities served by Medicross Krugersdorp.

“Even though he was 82 years old at the time of his passing, Dr Corra remained energetic and active while continuing to care for the many patients who relied on his clinical knowledge and sound medical advice. His compassion and commitment to patient care were highly valued within the practice and community that he served,” added Dr Van der Merwe.

Dr Corra who completed his medical studies at the University of Pretoria, was a former Northern Transvaal rugby player and a much-admired Springbok rugby star who represented his country in ten tests. He was a sports lover who also enjoyed a good game of squash.

“We wish to express our sincere condolences to his wife, Dalene, and son, Gerhardt and wish them comfort in their time of sad loss. Dr Cora will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him while his warm smile and wonderful sense of humour will be forever remembered,” concluded Dr Van der Merwe.


Issued by:            MNA on behalf of Medicross Krugersdorp
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