Saks, Taylor and Brauer Optometrists originated c. 1922 when J.L. Saks bought H.W. Moulang’s optical practice situated in Market Street, Pretoria. After relocating to Church Street in 1929, the practice grew in its expertise and clientele in an upward trend that continues to this day at their two suite rooms in Brooklyn Mall and at Newlands Plaza.
Founding member J.L. Saks was a true pioneer in the optometric field. In addition to the South African Optometric Association conferring Honorary Life membership to him in 1946 and Honorary Life Presidency to him in 1951, he was also awarded Honorary Life Membership by the American Academy of Optometry in 1974 – the first person outside the United States to achieve this honour.
In South Africa the profession of optometry was initiated and established as a result of J.L. Saks’s successful legal defence in a historic court action in 1931 after a court case was brought against him for charging a fee for carrying out an eye examination. On appeal, the court ruled in favour of J.L. Saks, thereby making it legal for optometrists to charge professional fees. The Rex versus Saks became a corner stone of optometric legislation in South Africa and, subsequently, many parts of the Western World.
With this great example set by their father it is hardly surprising that J.L.´s sons, Brian and Sidney, followed in his footsteps to the extent that both were also presidents of the South African Optometric Association and each was awarded Honorary Life Presidency of this body. Both also served as chairman and members of the Professional Board of Optometry on the Medical and Dental Council. Sidney’s son in law, Peter Brauer, also a past president of the SAOA, continues to play an active role in optometric politics to this day. Sidney continued to practice until late in 2016 when he decided to finally retire after an astounding 66 years in practice! Vincent Taylor joined the practice in 1969 followed by Peter Brauer in 1978 and Margaret Salmon (Beckwith) in 1979.
Murray Reyburn first completed a degree in Biochemistry and subsequently joined the practice in 2005, after being awarded the Top Student prize in his final year of optometry studies at what was then Rand Afrikaans University.
More recently, Chantelle Naude joined the practice in 2013 after completing her optometric studies with diagnostic privileges Cum Laude at the University of Johannesburg. In 2010 she was awarded the Best Overall Academic and Clinical student prize, and in 2011 received an award of distinction for Best Overall Performance for a 4-year degree in the Faculty of Health Sciences. She did the additional paediatric courses in 2012 and 2016, and the NECO Diabetes course in 2018.
After 40 years in practice Margaret Salmon has retired from professional practice to spend more time with her family. She will be sincerely missed by her colleagues and patients alike.
Aneli Mans has since joined the Saks and Taylor family after graduating from the University of the Free State with diagnostic privileges.
Brendan Floyd joined the practice in 1998, and having qualified as a dispensing optician under the guidance of the Association of British Dispensing Opticians, he continues to be at the forefront of spectacle lens technology and patient management.
Hilde Schnetler recently qualified as an optical dispenser at C.P.U.T and has joined our professional team to better assist our patients in choosing the correct frame and lens options for their specific needs.
With over 155 years of combined experience in fitting contact lenses, as well as cutting edge technology which is continuously being updated, we pride ourselves on having achieved sustained growth in the business and having maintained excellence in both professional practice and patient service. Our mission remains absolute accuracy in the provision of maximum vision correction and the highest quality of service and materials and to stay at the forefront of optical knowledge and technology.