Dr Si­mon Mangcwatywa, Prin­ci­pal Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer at Sizwe Med­i­cal Fund, al­ways knew he wanted to im­pact his com­mu­nity pos­i­tively. He just had to find his path

Destiny Man - - BUSINESS -

In­spired by a fam­ily friend and Dr Nthato Mot­lana, a lo­cal doctor in his home­town of Sa­sol­burg in the Free State, Mangcwatywa thought medicine was the best way to make a dif­fer­ence. How­ever, des­tiny had other plans for him.

“I was in my fourth year of med­i­cal stud­ies when I read an ar­ti­cle about one of the first ma­jor black eco­nomic em­pow­er­ment deals and I was cap­ti­vated. I’d dis­cov­ered a new path. I as­pired to be a man of stature and a pro­fes­sional, like Dr Mot­lana, a med­i­cal doctor by pro­fes­sion, but I also wanted to be an as­tute busi­ness­man help­ing the com­mu­nity in other ways.”

Af­ter grad­u­at­ing from med­i­cal school in 2001 and com­plet­ing his in­tern­ship and com­mu­nity ser­vice, Mangcwatywa swapped his stetho­scope and white coat for suits and board­rooms.

His first role was as the Business De­vel­op­ment Man­ager at Clin­i­cal Re­search Cen­tre (now Synexus), where he was re­spon­si­ble for at­tract­ing in­ter­na­tional clients to con­duct clin­i­cal re­search in SA.

He then did stints at a num­ber of pres­ti­gious com­pa­nies, in­clud­ing global Swedish phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal com­pany

No­var­tis SA, where he started as Med­i­cal Ad­vi­sor for the Car­dio­vas­cu­lar & Me­tab­o­lism port­fo­lio be­fore mov­ing on to head up the med­i­cal af­fairs di­vi­sion, Litha Pharma.

His next job, as the Med­i­cal Di­rec­tor at phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal gi­ant Ad­cock-In­gram, fur­ther honed his business skills and helped cat­a­pult him to his pre­sent po­si­tion.

His new role in­volves pro­vid­ing vi­sion­ary lead­er­ship and help­ing the com­pany so­lid­ify its po­si­tion as one of the top med­i­cal aid providers in SA. Iron­i­cally, the com­pany was co-founded by his men­tor, Dr Mot­lana.

“He was one of the peo­ple who in­spired me to think be­yond medicine and widen my ca­reer tra­jec­tory to in­clude in­ter­ac­tion with mainly black doc­tors, busi­ness­men and le­gal pro­fes­sion­als, so I’ve come full cir­cle. Be­ing ex­posed to di­verse, ad­mirable lead­ers has shaped my think­ing and way of work­ing, while be­ing able to travel glob­ally has taught me about other cul­tures and al­ter­na­tive forms of lead­er­ship,” says Mangcwatywa.

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