Inspiring confidence in the public healthcare sector is a task that Nhlanhla Mafarafara has set himself. He’s a pharmacist and the pharmacy manager at Matlala District Hospital in Limpopo, and a strong believer in values-based leadership. In 2019 he was asked to step in as acting chief executive at Helene Franz Hospital and take over its strategic leadership. “That reaffirmed the path of leadership development that I have been on for the past eight years,” he says.
Mafarafara also co-ordinated Vhembe District’s Adopt-a-Clinic Project, where community service pharmacists implemented quality improvement plans at primary healthcare facilities. He served on the National Executive Committee of the South African Association of Hospital Pharmacists and as Limpopo branch chairman. Another personal goal is to inspire more young black people to pursue excellence, both in their personal lives and in their leadership skills. As part of that he mentors and coaches upcoming young pharmacists, and has helped more than 400 to study for their pharmacy board examinations.
As a sideline, he’s a motivational speaker and an author, with a Monday evening slot on Energy FM radio and with two personal development books to his credit: Relentless Youth – Reaching Beyond The Limits, and Step To The Next Level.
He does that through his own company, Faraz Creationz, which offers leadership development, workforce performance training, team building and online training courses in self-mastery, personal development and healthcare leadership development.
His desire to help people achieve their best partly stems from his personal mistake of not having a financial advisor early in his career. “I found myself chasing luxury before I could fully afford it, while overlooking good investment opportunities,” he says. “I have since learned that poor financial discipline often leads to poor and unethical behaviour.”