‘I come from Umhlabuyalingana from a family of six. Dad passed away in 2009, leaving my mother as the head and spear of the house. She earns R1800 a month. From this R1800, she has to support all my siblings. Three of us are still at school.
To supplement the financial situation, in her free time, she sells amagwinya and homemade pies at local schools. This is how we get food on the table.
In 2009 I saw my father pass away due to counterfeit medication. He died because he lacked knowledge about the drugs he was taking. This then made me think of the number of people out there who are dying each day, due insufficient knowledge about their medication. I asked myself a question, ‘What can I do to try and combat this problem?’
I then decided that it would be best if I could offer awareness about medication, and oversee the dispensing of those drugs. This is how I fell in love with the idea of becoming a pharmacist.’