Heart doc­tor’s death is a loss for SA – Ramaphosa

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TRIB­UTES have poured in for South African car­di­ol­o­gist Pro­fes­sor Bon­gani Mayosi, who died on Fri­day.

“It is with pro­found sad­ness that I an­nounce the pass­ing away of Pro­fes­sor Bon­gani Mayosi, Dean of the Fac­ulty of Health Sciences at the Univer­sity of Cape Town,” vice-chan­cel­lor Pro­fes­sor Mamokgethi Phak­eng said.

“The univer­sity is in touch with Pro­fes­sor Mayosi’s fam­ily, who is ap­pre­cia­tive of all mes­sages of sup­port and con­do­lences, but re­quests that their pri­vacy be re­spected dur­ing this dif­fi­cult time.”

A state­ment is­sued by the fam­ily said: “It is with great sad­ness that we‚ the Mayosi fam­ily‚ an­nounce the pass­ing of our hus­band‚ son‚ father‚ brother and un­cle‚ Bon­gani Mayosi.

“Bon­gani died on the morn­ing of 27 July 2018. In the last two years he has bat­tled with de­pres­sion and on that day took the des­per­ate de­ci­sion to end his life.”

Mayosi, 51, had been dean of the Fac­ulty of Health Sciences at UCT since Septem­ber 2016, after be­ing head of the Depart­ment of Medicine at Groote Schuur and UCT since 2006.

His work fo­cused on heart dis­eases, par­tic­u­larly those preva­lent in de­vel­op­ing coun­tries. He led a ground­break­ing series of multi­na­tional re­search stud­ies into the man­age­ment of peri­cardi­tis, in­clud­ing an African trial of the use of steroids in treat­ing TB peri­cardi­tis. More re­cently, Mayosi led the first large-scale, multi­na­tional study of rheumatic heart dis­ease.

In 2009, Mayosi was awarded the Or­der of Ma­pun­gubwe, the county’s high­est hon­our.

Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa yes­ter­day ex­tended con­do­lences to Mayosi’s fam­ily.

“His death is in­deed an enor­mous loss not only to his fam­ily but to the coun­try as a whole,” Ramaphosa said.

“On be­half of the gov­ern­ment and South Africans as a whole, we con­vey our most heart­felt con­do­lences to his fam­ily, friends and rel­a­tives and the health sci­ence fra­ter­nity. May his soul rest in peace.” – African News Agency (ANA)

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Top South African car­di­ol­o­gist Pro­fes­sor Bon­gani Mayosi, who died on Fri­day.

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