Mr Sizwe Nxasana

Chair of the Bongani Mayosi Foundation

Mr Sizwe Nxasana

Chair of the Bongani Mayosi Foundation 


Celebrating the Bongani Mayosi Legacy

The aim of the Bongani Mayosi Foundation is to celebrate Bongani’s life and legacy by fostering those academic, research, and training programs he was so passionate about, to reduce preventable poverty-related diseases and improve the quality of life for Africans.


  • Bongani Mayosi

    28 Jan 1967 – 27 July 2018

  • Clinician scientist, model of excellence
  • Advocate for patients and students
  • Global leader: heart diseases of the poor

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Honouring his Legacy

Born in Mthatha, Eastern Cape Province of South Africa on January 28, 1967, Professor Bongani Mawethu Mayosi was an outstanding doctor, who rose rapidly through the ranks to become a top cardiologist (heart specialist) internationally recognised as a leading clinician and scientist.

Professor Mayosi was the first student at the University of Natal, now KwaZulu Natal (UKZN) to do a Bachelor of Medical Sciences (BMedSci) and he completed this and the MBChB by the age of 22 years graduating both degrees cum laude. He trained as a specialist at Groote Schuur Hospital and studied for his doctorate at the University of Oxford, UK. At the age of 38‚ he became the first black/brown person to Head of the Department of Medicine at the University of Cape Town (“UCT”).  Before taking up his position of Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at UCT in 2016, he completed the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School.

As a global citizen, Professor Mayosi had an exceptional mixture of academic brilliance and vision; ambition and humility; kindness and generosity; passion and compassion; drive and empathy; and a contagious smile that complemented his ability to persuade and inspire others resulting in 400 publications and health discoveries that improved the treatment of poverty-related heart diseases.

The Foundation

The Bongani Mayosi Foundation (“the Foundation”) was established by the family of the late Professor Bongani Mayosi as a lasting memorial and in recognition of the importance of his contributions to education, mentorship, and public service. The inaugural meeting of the trustees took place in Cape Town on the 14th November 2019 where the appointment of the Trustees of the Foundation were signed for submission to the Master of the High Court, according to the provisions of the Trust Property Control Act 57 of 1988. Mr Sizwe Nxasana was appointed as Chairperson of the Foundation that is committed to celebrate the life of Bongani Mayosi and honor his legacy by fostering those academic, research, and training programs he was so passionate about, including his dedication to clinical research, and his generosity and commitment to his family and friends, community, students and colleagues.

. The objectives of the Foundation are to:

  • Provide community development for poor and needy persons and to develop anti-poverty initiatives;
  • Promote and support health care services to poor and needy persons
  • Award scholarships, bursaries, performance awards and loans for study, research, and teaching (including specifically in the field of medicine.)

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