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The University is pleased to welcome Professor Mfanufikile Nomvete in the new position of Director of the Medical Programme from today, 1 October 2019. Prof Nomvete has worked in both public and private medical practice sectors, as well as the higher education sector in the Eastern Cape, giving him a good understanding of South Africa’s health care challenges and what is needed in establishing a new Medical Programme at Missionvale Campus.

A qualified gastroenterologist, Prof Nomvete has an International Baccalaureate Diploma from Waterford Kamhlaba United World College, and a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) from the University of Natal.

Prof Nomvete says he is excited about joining the Mandela University community, and is certain of one thing, success, adding that the task of establishing the Medical Programme is not his alone, but the work of an entire team

“I will be a key member of this team, as will all my other colleagues and support staff. My adage as a trainer is to train a trainee to be more competent than me. I hope this philosophy will assist in contributing to the greater success of Nelson Mandela University.” 

Prof Nomvete completed his internship in the 1-Military Hospital in Thaba-Thswane in 2003, and his community service in Kwazulu-Natal’s Manguzi district hospital. He further trained in Internal Medicine between 2005 and 2008 in Durban, and then practiced as a physician in Queenstown.

In 2009, he served as a clinical research physician for a multinational company Eli Lilly before training in gastroenterology until 2011. He briefly served as a gastroenterologist at Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital in Durban before joining Livingstone Tertiary Hospital as head of gastroenterology in 2012. He then led Sefako-Makgatho University, in Pretoria to re-establish the Gastroenterology Unit at Dr George Mukhari Academic Hospital in 2013, before returning to Livingstone Hospital in 2015 as head of Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology until his appointment with Mandela University.

Fluent in four languages, Prof Nomvete was also appointed as an associate professor of Medicine and Gastroenterology at Walter Sisulu University (WSU), is an examiner in the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa and has served as a member of the research ethics committee of WSU, the higher degrees committee of WSU, and the Health Professions Council of South Africa’s Professional conduct committee.

We congratulate Professor Nomvete on his appointment, and welcome his leadership in the University’s exciting quest in establishing the innovative, transformative six-year MBChB degree.

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