Archive for June, 2012

Mopani’s presence at Das Auto MTB Series

Mopani’s distinctive blue and white water point at the Das Auto MTB Series.

Mopani Pharmacy once again manned a water point on Saturday, 16 June at The Fountains Das Auto MTB Series in White River. Our point was situated so that we could serve the 15km, 25km and 50km participants and according to race organizers some 400 cyclists passed us! The next race in the series will be on the 7th of July – Mopani’s team is already looking forward to it. We’re also proud to report that our Mopani cyclists, Bertus van der Linde and Louis Botha, came 2nd and 4th respectively in the Sub Veteran Men 25km category and Russell Lewis came 1st in the Senior Male 25km category.

Mopani Pharmacy sponsors Most Dedicated Umpire floating trophy

Coenie Ackerman (right) receives the Mopani Pharmacy sponsored trophy for Most Dedicated Umpire from Jaco Botes (left), president of the Mpumalanga Cricket Umpires Association.

The Mpumalanga Cricket Umpires Association held their annual prize giving on 9 June. Coenie Ackerman was awarded the trophy for Most Dedicated Umpire. According to Jaco Botes, president of the association, Ackerman displayed commendable willingness to always be available for matches and consequently officiated the most cricket games. The floating trophy was proudly sponsored by Mopani Pharmacy.

We’re Growing stronger for You!

Mopani Pharmacy is excited to announce the merging of Danie Malan Pharmacy in White River and Mopani Pharmacy. This is a confirmation of our commitment to expand and improve our services to the Lowveld and to you. Initially there will be no visible changes as most of the adjustments will be behind the scenes. External changes will take a few months to complete and these will coincide with our re-location to new premises within White River Square. The management team at Mopani and Danie Malan Pharmacy are delighted with this new venture and look forward to passing on the benefits of this new partnership to you, our loyal customers.

Mopani Pharmacy supports local cycling enthusiast

Jonathan Mashigo with his new mountain bike sponsored by Mopani Pharmacy.

Jonathan Mashigo, a local aspiring mountain cyclist, was recently treated to a big surprise when he was given a mountain bike by Mopani Pharmacy. Mashigo, who works at The Grove Spar’s deli, says his interest in the sport was sparked by the cyclists frequenting the store for coffee after their training sessions.

Louis Botha, one of Mashigo’s customers and also a Mopani sponsored cyclist, heard of Mashigo’s desire to take up the sport and consequently informed the pharmacy. Mashigo wishes to thank Mopani and Louis and added that he is excited to now start practicing in all earnestness and is looking forward to doing his very first race.

Mopani Pharmacy: A thirty year success story

Mopani Pharmacy recently celebrated its 30th birthday. From, what can be termed as, humble beginnings in the eighties to the established Mopani brand that the community has learned to trust and embrace today, Mopani has continued to grow from strength to strength. Here’s a look at some highlights of the Mopani success story:

Mopani first opened its doors on 24 March 1982 in the Pick ‘n Pay centre in Nelspruit. The store was 100 square meters big with a staff complement of five. In those days computers were still a novelty and Managing Director and founder of Mopani, Rob Gibbs, recalls how they had to record prescriptions by hand and typed the labels on a typewriter. When the company’s first computer eventually arrived in 1984, it had a 20KB hard drive and all back-ups were done on floppy disks!

In 1987 the pharmacy was enlarged, which enabled Mopani to launch a photo lab within the store. The staff grew to 13 with two pharmacists on duty! A further 500 square meters was added to the existing premises in 1992 and the photo lab was relocated into the mall. The additional space enabled them to launch their first in-store primary health-care clinic with two consulting rooms and a full time sister. A new concept for Mopani’s fragrance and cosmetics department was also adopted which allowed customers for the first time to select their fragrances and cosmetics from the open shelf without waiting for a cabinet to be unlocked.

Mopani’s relocation in July 2003 to their new existing premises of some 1700 square meters at the then newly built Crossing Centre, heralded a new era for the company. The move literally took them out into the Lowveld sun and enabled the pharmacy to truly blossom. Since then a number of services and initiatives have been implemented – all aimed at enhancing customers’ experiences and forging the company’s reputation as a trusted, established community pharmacy.

The Mopani Card was introduced in July 2008, rewarding shoppers with points every time they choose to shop with them. Mopani’s esteemed Baby Club was launched in 2009 and later that year a dedicated sports, nutrition and slimming mezzazine level was added to the premises. A second store was opened at I’Langa Mall in April 2010, offering the same level of superior service and product range that the Lowveld has by now come to expect of Mopani.

Today, 30 years after opening their doors for the first time, Mopani Pharmacy employs more than 150 team members with Gibbs still at the helm. “I look forward to the next chapter in the life of this company… I believe a company that has brought life and wholeness to many and I thank God for all He has done and for all He will keep on doing,” concludes Gibbs.

30 Years old and counting!