Academics, civic society representatives and seasoned medical practitioners are among the nine people recently inaugurated as Nelson Mandela University Medical School’s Community Advisory Board (CAB) at the institution’s Missionvale Campus. 
A mile in her shoes

It is often said that to understand someone else’s pain, one should “walk a mile in their shoes”. However, this isn’t necessarily the case, according to Nelson Mandela University’s Dr Luise Amadihla. The 39-year-old psychology student, who this month was awarded her PhD during the institution’s autumn graduation season, says that second-hand trauma is real, and needs to be understood.

Overcoming language barriers posed by psychometric tests pertaining to isiXhosa speaking clients, formed part of Nicoleen Fouche’s master’s research in Counselling Psychology. She is graduating at Nelson Mandela University’s Autumn Graduation.

Nelson Mandela University’s Executive Dean of Health Sciences, Professor Zukiswa Zingela has produced a book on how to cope with stress and grow towards self-empowerment.

Reasons to be Proud #R2bP: Nelson Mandela University’s Executive Dean of Health Sciences, Professor Zukiswa Zingela, was re-elected to the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) by the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) subsidiary bodies, in New York, earlier this month.
A study entitled “The burden of hospital-acquired infections (HAI) in sub-Saharan Africa: A systematic review and meta-analysis,” published in eClinicalMedicine (part of Lancet Discovery Science) has shown that 12.9% of patients admitted to hospital in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) contract deadly hospital-acquired infections.
Hopewell Moyo, who will receive his Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm) with distinctionwas always interested in understanding how medications work in the body, and how the body responds to the medications that we take.

More than 100 stakeholders from the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropole, together with international organisations convened recently at Mandela University’s Indoor Sports Centre for a youth exchange meeting on adolescent’s access to healthcare.

Reasons to be Proud #R2bP: Nelson Mandela University's Department of Emergency Medical Care (EMC), represented by lecturer Travis Trower, accepted a prestigious Ubuntu Award on behalf of Rescue South Africa.
Ubuntu Awards 2024
In an illustrious ceremony held on Saturday the 10th February 2024, in conjunction with the opening of Parliament, the annual Ubuntu Awards hosted in the CTICC in Cape Town brought together a diverse and esteemed assembly of attendees. 
Even though the buck stops with Madibaz rugby captain Leon van der Merwe, he will rely on widespread support from his teammates when they launch their FNB Varsity Shield campaign later this month.
Higher education should embrace the positives and navigate the pitfalls of generative AI.
Thousands of university students may face sleepless nights due to money worries as they start their academic year.
Kenyan-born Abdalla Mohamed wanted to become a cardiac surgeon, but could not afford to pursue his dream.

Nelson Mandela University will be conferring an honorary doctorate on Professor Noel Chabani Manganyi, South Africa’s first post-apartheid director-general of education.


From selling sweets at high school, to owning a driving school with a fleet of cars, Mandela University student Munei Budeli’s entrepreneurial flair is steering him on the road to success.
A psychological preparedness training programme, developed to assist healthcare workers during COVID-19, proved so effective that it has evolved into a workplace programme.
Reasons to be Proud #R2bP: PhD student in Physiology Itumeleng Zosela won first place in the in the Audio Category of the Young Science Communicator's Competition 2022 edition, with her study focusing on using plant materials for colon cancer treatment.

Over 300 000 ex-miners never received the money or healthcare due to them when they could no longer work in the mines due to age, or occupational illness and injury.


Reasons to be Proud #R2bP: Mandela University’s Bachelor of Social Work student, Sive Timakwe, received the runner-up prize for the Best Student of the Year at the recent ASASWEI Teaching & Learning Awards.
Mandela University student Jason Sheehan has been selected for the Eastern Cape team to compete at the SA Fencing Championships in September in Gauteng, after only being active in the sport since March this year.
Sixty percent of Medical students in South Africa are from under-resourced families and it is very expensive to train doctors, says Nelson Mandela University’s Executive Dean of Health Sciences Professor Zukiswa Zingela.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Mandela University’s Dr Zithulele Tshabalala, 35, senior lecturer in human anatomy at the Medical School, has been announced as one of the Mail & Guardian’s 200 Young South Africans for 2023.


Reasons to be Proud - #R2bPSenior lecturer in biokinetics at Nelson Mandela University’s Human Movement Science department Dr Aayesha Kholvadia recently received the Healthcare Leadership Award from The Alliance of South Africa Independent Practitioners Associations (ASAIPA).

Master’s student in Environmental Health at Mandela University, Yolanda Mngcongo, has won third prize at the recent South African Falling Walls Lab Science competition with her research on using nanotechnology to curb nosocomial (healthcare-associated) infections.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: PhD Physiology student at Mandela University Itumeleng Zosela is one of four South African students that have been accepted to join the Novartis and University of Basel Next Generation Scientist Internship Program in Switzerland over three months from June to August 2023.

“Trying to keep up with such a hectic degree and a demanding sport was exhausting, but I wouldn’t change it for the world”, Madibaz Sport water polo star and Tokyo Olympian, Ashleigh Vaughan, said after graduating with her BPharm degree this autumn.

With a powerful biorefinery to process microalgae as a renewable, health-giving resource, Nelson Mandela University's InnoVenton/DCTS innovates and develops products for the energy, pharmaceutical, agriculture and food sectors.

A call for a community of practice. 
Empowerment through Participation: Take Part in The Africanisation-Decolonisation Project at Nelson Mandela University (AFDEP-NMU) Survey.We would like to welcome you to participate in our AFDEP-NMU survey, which will assist us in exploring and developing a set of conceptual and programmatic criteria for the project. 

Public education efforts that understand and respect people's cultural diversity, as well as teamwork among traditional and medical professionals, are necessary to cope with mental illnesses and the mentally ill. 

Forty-three percent of primary school learners in Gqeberha, Eastern Cape, showed a risk factor of getting one or more non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

The screams of scared children at public dental clinics catapulted a Gqeberha clinical psychologist to embark on critical research about traumatic oral healthcare experiences in young, disadvantaged South Africans – and what we can do about it.

This day is designed to build public awareness that TB remains an epidemic worldwide and has caused several millions of death over the years.

Nelson Mandela University received a 22-seater bus as a donation from Bestmed Medical Scheme on Friday, 10 March 2023.

The United Nations’ International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) is warning in its Annual Report 2022 that legalising the non-medical use of cannabis, which contravenes the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, “seems to result in higher consumption and a lower perception of risk, especially among young people”.

A new research chair in nanomedicine – the DSI-Mandela Nanomedicine Platform – was launched in the Faculty of Health Sciences last year as part of the Nelson Mandela University Medical School.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Mandela University Alumnus and former staff member, Curwyn Mapaling, has been selected as one of 150 participants worldwide, to attend the Global Peace Summit in Kenya next month.

“Motivation (foreseeable benefits) can only get you so far in life, it's discipline that sets the winners apart, because when motivation fails, it's only discipline that will get you to do what needs to be done”, says Anelise Moyo. 
“I believe the solutions to social issues are found in the community itself,” says Dr Jane Ndungu, who will graduate with her PhD in Psychology at Nelson Mandela University on 12 December. 
“Balancing my studies with work was not an easy journey but through hard work, resilience and expanding my support system, I have managed to be where I am today”, says Social Work Master’s graduate Siphokazi Tshefu-Mavimbela (29). 

‘Active Healthy Children in Marginalised Communities: Challenges, Achievements, and Vision for the Future’ was the topic of a public lecture by Honorary Professor Uwe Pühse, Professor of Sport Science at the University of Basel, Switzerland, and Director of the Department of Sport, Exercise and Health. The lecture was hosted by the Faculty of Health Sciences.

Nelson Mandela University’s Departments of Human Movement Science and Architecture, together with Mandela University alumnus and architect Jacques Theron from the company Werk, have completed enhancements to playground and ablution facilities at two under-resourced schools in Gqeberha.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Medical School senior lecturer Dr Savania Nagiah, was recently inaugurated as one of 10 of the country’s leading emerging scientists to become members of the South African Young Academy of Science (SAYAS).

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: PhD in Anthropology student at Nelson Mandela University, Mzoli Mavimbela, was recently awarded a Via Afrika award for African Language Creative Writing. 

Can Nelson Mandela University’s new medical school contribute healthcare change that benefits communities in the Nelson Mandela Bay metro and Eastern Cape?

One of the highlights of the 15th edition of the Mandela/FIFA/CIES Executive Sport Management programme block week was the presentation of former Senegal women’s basketball league player and FIFA consultant, Fatou-Binetou Ba.

One of the highlights of the 15th edition of the Mandela/FIFA/CIES Executive Sport Management programme block week was the presentation of former Senegal women’s basketball league player and FIFA consultant, Fatou-Binetou Ba.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Distinguished Professor in Pharmacy and Leader of the Drug Utilisation Research Unit (DURU) at Nelson Mandela University Professor Ilse Truter has received the International Society for Pharmacoepidemiology’s (ISPE) Judith K. Jones Award for Impact on Public Health through Pharmacoepidemiology.

Five students from the 2020 edition of the Mandela/FIFA/CIES Executive Sport Management Programme at Nelson Mandela University, finally got to travel to Switzerland as winners of the 2020 FIFA/CIES International Network Research Competition.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: PhD in Physiology student Itumeleng Zosela has been accepted to join the Next Generation Scientist Programme by Novartis Pharma and the University of Basel, Switzerland.

Crazysocks4docs is an annual national campaign, to raise awareness of the mental health of doctors. Our medical school supported this initiative!

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and substance abuse was the research topic of two recent PhDs in Pharmacy at Nelson Mandela University.

In what will undoubtedly be a bittersweet accolade for one of Nelson Mandela University’s game-changing academics, the institution is set to confer an honorary doctorate on acclaimed paediatric cardiologist and former executive dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, the late Professor Lungile Pepeta, tomorrow (29 April 2022).

Seven years after graduating with a Bachelor of Nursing Science at Nelson Mandela University, Bizana-born Xolani Dlamini (30) will be crossing the same stage to receive his Master of Nursing in Advanced Clinical Midwifery and Neonatal Nursing Science. 

Nelson Mandela University, in partnership with the United Nations in South Africa, will be launching the annual report of the United Nations’ monitoring body of international drug control conventions, the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), at the institution this week.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Chelsey Cooke, a first year Human Movement Science student, recently represented South Africa at the Africa Lifesaving Championships in Alexandria, Egypt.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Mandela Uni alumnus Gerhardt Boukes (38) who holds a PhD in Biochemistry, is part of a team making the first mRNA vaccine for human use on the African continent.


Nelson Mandela University’s investment in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is preparing its medical students to work in an increasingly digital world.

The new Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences has a collaborative and interdisciplinary vision for the Medical School, the 12th and latest department in this flourishing faculty at Nelson Mandela University.

A primary health care orientation lies at the heart of Nelson Mandela University’s new MBChB programme to train caring, competent, socially responsive and committed medical doctors.


The significant but different roles that commercial alcohol and umqombothi play during the amaXhosa initiation ceremonies have been highlighted in the Social Work Master’s degree research of Mzoli Mavimbela, 31, who will graduate on 14 December at Nelson Mandela University.

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Social Work alumnus Mzoli Mavimbela, 31, recently received the Creative Non-Fiction Award from SALA and Write Associates in collaboration with the National Department of Arts and Culture for his book MASIBUYEL’ EMBO KONAKELE PHI NA?

Under the umbrella of celebrating excellence, Nelson Mandela University recognised its top academic, professional, administrative and service staff in the categories of research, teaching, engagement, creative outputs and institutional support on 23 November.

Nelson Mandela University will mark the realisation of its long-held dream to establish a medical school with an official launch on Tuesday, 30 November.

Specialised rescue missions in the generally under resourced Eastern Cape have been given a lifeline, with Nelson Mandela University becoming the dispatch hub of Rescue South Africa activities and equipment as part of a ground-breaking partnership launched on Wednesday (17 November 2021).

Reaching from the northern areas to the southern suburbs of Gqeberha, Nelson Mandela University’s two psychology clinics provide a comprehensive and accessible service to people who would not otherwise be able to afford psychological services.

Stigma Syndemics & Symbolic (isms) in the context of HIV: Ways of knowing in Health Care

Stigma Syndemics & Symbolic (isms) in the context of HIV: Ways of knowing in Health Care



Two Madibaz tennis players are among the 24 top students who received awards at the recent virtual annual academic student awards ceremony.


The research of two award-winning master’s graduates and lecturers at Nelson Mandela University can contribute to the country’s health services in both the legal and environmental health areas. Both women received awards at the recent virtual annual academic student awards ceremony.

We want to send our medical graduates out into the world knowing how to practise primary healthcare in holistic, culturally sensitive and comprehensive ways. Impoverished areas – urban and rural – are massively underserved, and this was a major factor for Nelson Mandela University to place our new medical school in Missionvale.

Prof Zukiswa Zingela is a finalist in The Herald Citizens of the Year Awards in partnership with Nelson Mandela University.

Nelson Mandela University has appointed Professor Zukiswa Zingela as the new Executive Dean of Health Sciences. 

Nelson Mandela University’s innovative new medical school is a dream come true, not only for the university but also for the province.

Nelson Mandela University hosted its first virtual Pharmacist’s Oath and Pharmacy Award Ceremony on Friday, 23 July 2021.

The first year class of Nelson Mandela University’s new medical school is encouraging the matrics of 2021 to apply for next year’s MBChB course.

The first cohort of 50 medical students at Nelson Mandela University’s Medical School on Missionvale Campus are hard at work with their studies.

Silindokuhle Kwani, 28, who graduated last week with her second degree in Nursing at Nelson Mandela University (Bachelor of Nursing in Advanced Primary Healthcare), wants to change the mind set of young and future nurses and motivate them to be educated nurses and not just stay at the basic level.

SA’s 10th medical school opens its doors this year at Nelson Mandela University after the idea of building a medical school in Port Elizabeth was first mooted in the 1940s.

Five professors at Nelson Mandela University have received the prestigious title of Distinguished Professor, which entails an elevated status in recognition of their dedication and commitment to their field of expertise.  

“It is a privilege to help people in distress and bring back the real-world experiences to the University. It benefits the community and it helps to give the families closure as many loved ones are lost."

News of the Nelson Mandela University’s new medical programme has been overwhelmingly positively received, with more than 3 600 applications successfully submitted online since applications opened on 06 January 2021.