Meet Thozama

South Africa

Tell us a bit about yourself

I have worked in a large church as a PA to one of the Pastor. I have studied Business Management and Entrepreneurship, Project Management I am currently studying office administration. I am very talkative, hardworking and creative. I like learning new things and trying new things. I like getting the job done no obstacle is too big to overcome. I almost always find a way through whatever situation I am faced with. I work for one of the greatest pharmaceutical companies that takes pride in the work done every day.

In which Roche location do you currently work and what can you tell us about that location as a work environment?

I work in Roche Pharma, situated in Illovo South Africa the road leading to and out of the company is laced with restaurants, a lot of buildings and gautrain station.  

Why did you decide to join Roche and why at this location?

Well, the main reason was the opportunity to make an impact: It was the opportunity to learn and improve on the skills I have. The opportunity to make a difference with the little and much I do.

What is your current position at Roche?

I’m currently on a PA learnership programme and my duties include the following: data management, filing, screening phone calls, enquiries and requests, and handling them when appropriate. Dealing with incoming emails, faxes and post, often corresponding on behalf of my manager; taking dictation and minutes, liaising with clients, suppliers and other staff.

I also carry out specific projects and research, from time to time I book meetings, organise travel and plan, organise and manage events. I mostly carry out admin duties such as preparing papers for meetings, typing documents, maintain and manageable diaries as well as ensuring that all aspects of meetings/conferences are organized accordingly. This excites me because this is the work I really enjoy doing, assisting people is what I’m called for.

How would you describe Roche as an employer?

I find my colleagues very friendly, hardworking and good team players. I believe that Roche is a great place to work for because, because employees are well taken care of. Roche truly believes in the development of their staff.

How would you describe the people working here?

They are hardworking, goal orientated, intelligent, friendly and information sharing people.

How is your job connected to “doing now what patients need next”

Me being able to assist my boss she is able to focus on her teams so they can get the job done from getting products registered in the MCC, application of tenders, communication of product accomplishments internally and even assuring that the products are brought to the customers in time and in good quality.

South Africa

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