OVERVIEW: 'He was a desert wild flower that quickly rose up' - mourner on Professor Bongani Mayosi

2018-08-02 15:33

UCT hosted a special memorial service to honour their fallen colleague and top South African cardiologist Professor Bongani Mayosi in Memorial Hall on Thursday.


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Ms Khuthala Mayosi from the Mayosi family will now speak and reflect on Professor Mayosis life.

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We have lost Professor Mayosi but we have not lost his effect on us - Professor Phakeng.

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In his eyes, students were future leaders. Colleagues were partners in saving lives - Professor Phakeng.

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Professor Phakeng: He did not just call for change - he was change, in his life and in his work. 

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Professor Martin Veller, chairperson of the SA Committee of Medical Deans said that despite the untold grief, it is impossible to reflect on how much Professor Bongani Mayosi's life meant to so many.

He did nothing without "full commitment" and was characterised by the interest and delight he took in academia.His delight in having something published was accompanied with "remarkable groundedness".

"The possibilities lost by this young remarkable life departed are just staggering," said Veller.

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We have to develop those around us. That is the real success. We are proud to be part of the Mayosi legacy.

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Professor Mike Sathekge, representing the College of Medicine of South Africa says Professor Mayosi served not just South Africa, but across the continent of Africa.

"This is a person that I have looked upon as a brother. A person I have looked upon as a mentor."

He says Mayosi was a person who would find solutions that would be helpful and long-lasting for everyone.

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Programme Director Royston Pillay introduces Professor Mike Sathekge as the next speaker, he is the representative of the College of Medicine of South Africa.

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Above all, I believe that he will be remembered for his absolute love for his family - Professor Ntusi.

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"He will be remembered for the absolute love of his family. He was a devoted father and husband and never missed an opportunity to show how much his family meant to him," said Professor Ntusi.

"He always spoke about the support and love he received from his wife, and spoke of his daughters as his pride and joy."

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"Last week, this wild flower faded away from us,"said Isiagi.

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He said Mayosi arose "as a desert wild flower" during times of transformation and decolonisation.

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Moses Isiagi, vice chair of the post graduate studies council starts with the song "It is well with my soul".

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Mr Royston Pillay, the university's registrar, starts the memorial by acknowledging Professor Bongani Mayosi's family.

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People flooding into Memorial Hall, Upper Campus. (Jenni Evans, News24)

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Family devastated by death of Prof Bongani Mayosi, says he struggled with depression

"In the last two years he has battled with depression and on that day [Friday] took the desperate decision to end his life," the family said in a statement - whose veracity was confirmed by News24.

The family did extend an invitation for those who wished to join them at daily prayers at their home.

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Mayosi was a 'symbol of pride and encouragement' for black medical students - Mkhize

Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs minister Zweli Mkhize has paid tribute to renowned cardiologist Professor Bongani Mayosi, calling him a role model and hero of South Africa in the medical sector.

"Many of us who qualified in medicine ahead of or together with and after him held him in high regard as a symbol of pride and encouragement for more black students to aspire to the greater heights of the medical profession," said Mkhize.

"In this sector Prof Mayosi was a role model and a hero of a democratic South Africa. He represented the actualisation of the dreams and aspirations of the previously oppressed and the celebration of our newly found freedom."

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Professor Bongani Mayosi honoured at informal UCT memorial

Hundreds of students from the University of Cape Town (UCT) paid their respects to Dean of Health Sciences Professor Bongani Mayosi at an informal memorial service on Monday.

Mayosi, who was born in Mthatha in 1967 and died last Friday, was fondly remembered as a source of encouragement and inspiration."

He really took my hand to mentor me as a specialist physician. It wasn't an easy journey and I had some struggles along the way," PhD candidate Dr Phindile Gina said.

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