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Doctor of Hearts Book Launch

Doctor of Hearts Book Launch

Hosted by the Faculty of Law and held on the 15 Sept 2023 at the University of Fort Hare East London Campus-Blue Glass Building, the Doctor of Hearts Book Launch was a part of a three-city book launch tour to raise awareness and funds for the Bongani Mayosi Foundation.  Doctor of Hearts is a Biography of one of the Legends of our time, Prof Bongani Mayosi. It celebrates Bongani’s life which was cut short at the age of 51. The tour started at St Johns in Umtata, then Walter Sisulu University and now UFH.   


The book introduces Bongani through the eyes of his mother, the surviving parent. She passes the baton to his four siblings. It covers Bongani’s life through the eyes of his friends, wife, daughters, mentees, mentors, fellow researchers, and the people who called him Boss. It's a collection of reflections from no less than 68 contributors, who are highly accomplished leaders themselves.


In his welcome address Dean of Faculty of Law Prof Mzukisi Njotini, said we did it the Fort Hare way and that’s with excellence. He went on to say that Dr Mayosi made a tremendous contribution to scholarship and made several discoveries in his field. He contributed to the way we teach and do research.


The launch was attended by many students, staff, and dignitaries such as Bongani Mayosi Foundation by Chairman Mr Sizwe Nxasana, the Dean of Health Sciences Prof Nduna, Justice Nambitha Dambuza (Prof Bongani’s sister-in-law and colleague), Justice Makaula, Bishop Andile Mbete Mayosi family’s spiritual leader and Dr Pinky Mbambisa (Colleague to Prof Mayosi’s parents)


Chairman of the foundation Mr Sizwe Nxasana, who is now a teacher, in contextualising the existence of the Bongani Mayosi Foundation said, the foundation was started by the family and was founded to protect and preserve the legacy of Prof. Bongani Mayosi, who was also passionate about Math and science. And in this respect the foundation has founded a program to teach Math’s and Science as well. 


Dr Pinky Mbambisa, a colleague to Prof Mayosi’s parents in described Bongani said “one doesn’t have an adjective to use to describe him, that would do justice. She said Bongani had faith in Christ and was unapologetic about. He also believed in family, going on to describe the link in the generational medical legacy that Bongani came from and was attached to. She also described the principles and values of Bongani that were rooted in his family.


Bishop Andile Mbete talking fondly of Bongani said he was humble, grounded and was our son.


Dean of Health Sciences Prof Nduna in a jovial contribution to the discussion revealed that she watched Bongani Mayosi from a distance and wished that he could be her boss one day. We watched knowing that we couldn’t finish our careers without working under this person, she saw that Bongani was continually looking to learn and discover new things.  She described the book as an un-put-able down book, where it unleashes adrenaline within, you just want to know what’s going to happen next.  Its like his life is an action movie but real she exclaimed.


The event also encouraged comments from the audience and a significant comment that came was that the event and book should not only be a nostalgic look at the person amongst his friends and colleagues but draw from certain aspects of who his was and this brought to life. A practical example of this, the book could rehumanise the conversations between father / son, child and parent and family. We need to find way to expend these engagements at a more working level.     


A complete success said Judie Dlamini co-author and publisher. What a beautiful event! We knew it would be good, but UFH made it great! We are truly grateful for your celebration of our African Legend! And UFH did it the Fort Hare way.


Written by Khotso Moabi

Institutional Advancement