Behind The Mask


Our Behind the Mask campaign, which was launched last September to coincide with South African Pharmacists Month, saw real healthcare heroes, our pharmacists in the front line, share their personal accounts of how COVID-19 had affected their daily lives, the way they work and their commitment to caring since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Now a full year later, as we celebrate South African Pharmacists Month in 2021, COVID-19 is still a daily reality. This Pharmacists Month, over 18 months into the pandemic, we share more real accounts from local pharmacists about the impact of COVID-19 on their lives.

We hope you find these testimonials, inspiring, healing and informative.


Pieter Naude


Gloria Asaba



David Mileham

The virus snuck up on us like a thief in the night. At the beginning of the year, we had heard about something happening in China, but we didn’t take too much notice. Then, early in March, after having watched the virus…

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Hannes Sauermann

I am a pharmacist working in the mining environment, in an institutional pharmacy, since 2011. The company that I work for has been rendering medical services to the mine and its stakeholders for many years.

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Aspen Pharmacare proudly invests in the education of our future healthcare workers, by partnering with the Umthumbo Youth Development fund.
These are a few stories by healthcare workers who have been positively impacted by the funding received through the Aspen Pharmacare sponsorships.

Nonhlanhla Nombuso Nkomo

‘My dad was married to two wives. He left us when we were little to go live with his second wife. I have 7 siblings (6 sisters & 1 brother). My mother had to raise us all by herself. She is illiterate and unemployed. In 2014 when I got to medical school, the only income we had…

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Nomthandaza Mbatha

‘I was born in Nkandla hospital in 1998, and I grew up in Nkandla at Chwezi village. I was raised by my grandmother with my other 2 cousins. My mother left when I was young and even though my father was there, he didn’t have much to do with me.

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Andile Ntuli

‘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.

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