Are you looking to advance your career in healthcare? The Western Cape Department of Health and Wellness is  offering an exciting job opportunity for a Pharmacist Assistant (Post-Basic).

The department is dedicated to improving health services and achieving equity in the workplace through the promotion of equal opportunities and fair treatment in employment.

Pharmacist Assistant Job Description:

    • Location: Cape Medical Depot, Western Cape
    • Reference Number: POST 10/256
    • Salary:
      • Grade 1: R239,682 per annum
      • Grade 2: R277,398 per annum
      • Grade 3: R299,244 per annum

Minimum Requirements:

  • Minimum Educational Qualification:
    • As required by the training facility and the South African Pharmacy Council (SAPC)
    • Post-Basic Pharmacist Assistant qualification that allows registration with SAPC as a Pharmacist Assistant (Post-Basic).
  • Registration with a Professional Council:
    • Current registration with the SAPC as a Post Basic Pharmacist Assistant (Warehousing/Wholesale)
  • Experience:
    • Grade 1: None required after registration with the SAPC as a Pharmacist Assistant (Post-Basic)
    • Grade 2: A minimum of 5 years of appropriate experience as a Pharmacist Assistant after registration with the SAPC
    • Grade 3: A minimum of 13 years of appropriate experience as a Pharmacist Assistant after registration with the SAPC
  • Competencies (Knowledge/Skills):
    • Good knowledge of wholesale warehouse practices and procedures
    • Good numeric skills
    • Knowledge and/or experience in handling pharmaceutical supplies, particularly in a warehouse environment, including Cold Chain Practices
    • Knowledge of Drug Supply Management Principles
    • Meticulous and attention to detail

Role Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Assist with the control of pharmaceutical stock, ensuring accurate inventory management and accountability.
  • Assist with the effective control and distribution of completed pharmaceutical orders to health facilities, optimizing supply chain efficiency.
  • Assist with the efficient and secure packaging of pharmaceutical products for delivery, ensuring products are safely and securely prepared for transportation.
  • Assist with issuing stock against orders from health facilities within the scope of practice of a Post Basic Pharmacist Assistant, ensuring timely and accurate dispensing.
  • Assist with the receiving and storage of pharmaceutical products from suppliers, ensuring proper stock management and storage conditions are maintained.
  • Ensure compliance with good pharmacy practice and good warehouse practice, adhering to regulatory standards and guidelines to maintain quality and safety.
  • Support and assist the Pharmacy Supervisor with collating statistics, contributing to data management and analysis for informed decision-making and operational improvements.

Career Development:

  • Enjoy opportunities for professional growth through comprehensive training programs and mentorship initiatives designed to enhance your skills and knowledge.
  • Explore various career advancement paths within the Department of Health and Wellness, allowing you to progress in your profession and achieve your career goals.


  • Play a pivotal role in enhancing the efficiency of our pharmaceutical services through diligent work and commitment to excellence.
  • Support the department’s overarching goals and mission by ensuring the consistent availability of essential medications to health facilities, thereby contributing to the well-being and health of the community we serve.

Application Process:

The Western Cape Department of Health and Wellness encourages qualified candidates passionate about making a difference in the healthcare sector to apply for this rewarding opportunity.

For inquiries and follow-ups, please contact Ms. C Buthelezi at Tel No: (021) 483-8804.