Nominee 6 – The Next Generation of Brave: Meet Luvo Ntayiya, a pharmacy student from the Eastern Cape at Nelson Mandela University

This Pharmacy student wants to be the change he has always desired.

Luvo Ntayiya, a qualified Pharmacist Technician from a rural town in the Eastern Cape, is a first-year B. Pharm student at Nelson Mandela University. Since the global pandemic hit and universities closed, Luvo felt like he couldn’t just sit at home, so he decided to step up and help where he can as a frontline worker.

“I have been practicing as a part-time technician at Link pharmacies,” Luvo says. “With my B. Pharm degree, I am hoping to go back to where my passion was birthed, where people struggle and suffer from health issues. I want to be the change I have always desired.”

Luvo was paired with his mentor pharmacist Ntutu Sibango. Ntutu believes that mentorships are important because the next generation can learn from both the mistakes and the skills of more experienced professionals. “I think the most important thing is empathy,” Ntutu says. “It’s not only tablets that heal, but empathy for patients.”


Click here to vote for Luvo Ntayiya and Ntutu Sibango and learn more about them by watching this video:


The registered NPO Ntutu Sibango nominated is: Thembelihle Home

Luvo Ntayiya and his mentor, Ntutu Sibango


In the first season, Adcock Ingram OTC celebrated a raft of unsung heroes from the country’s health system, profiling professionals from private practice to civil service, from academia, pharmacy, and the nonprofit sector.

Now the second season is in full swing, seeking the next generation of healthcare heroes – people like Veneshley who are newly working in or studying towards a career in healthcare and can benefit from the guidance and support of a mentor.


If you know any aspiring, current or recently graduated healthcare students or are one yourself, submit a nomination to stand a chance to win.

Each week, until November 25, 2020 a new nominee is chosen and featured. All ten feature nominees will be paired with a selected mentor for career development, as well as stand a chance to win one of two R25 000 scholarships.

Watch this video to learn more about Veneshley and Dr. Mulelu and to vote

If you know any aspiring, current or recently graduated healthcare students or are one yourself, submit a nomination to stand a chance to win: