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The Oath ceremony was introduced at NMMU 10 years ago, and is traditionally held the night before graduation. This ceremony has now become a highlight of the graduation celebrations. This year, 2012, saw another “first for NMMU’s Pharmacy Department and our profession, as graduates entering the profession can now take the Pharmacist’s Oath in isiXhosa. NMMU student and BPharm graduate Mr Sibabini Khatsha initiated the introduction of the isiXhosa version of the Pharmacist’s Oath and has liaised with PSSA Head Office, resulting in the first translation of the Pharmacist Oath into an African language. Siba joined his classmates on the stage on Sunday 22nd April as they proudly took their Pharmacist’s Oath in their home language. The Oath, developed by the Pharmaceutical Society of South Africa (PSSA), in 1999, is taken by new graduates entering the pharmacy profession. However, prior to 2012, the Pharmacist Oath was only available in English and Afrikaans.