"Congratulations on the sterling work your consultancy continues to offer to raise awareness and build skills to address the inequities faced by marginalised groups like persons with disabilities." Dr Sabie Surtee, HERS-SA

A sample of feedback from students at our recent public Postgraduate Capacitation workshop:
- "Personally I have learned a lot and [am] going back home with [a] fresh mind. Keep it up Dr Layla!!!"
- "I really enjoyed her examples (real-life situations) that she used. It grasped my attention. I am much more positive after this workshop - I thank you."
- "The workshop was presented in an excellent manner and exceeded all expectations. I feel much more prepared for what I need [to] achieve with my own proposal & thesis."
- "I'm impressed!!! Wish you were my supervisor."

"Thank you for a wonderful workshop. I was just about to give up. I'm so motivated."




Photo courtesy of Thea Ngele, who is doing her Master’s in Public Administration (MPA), specifically looking at the throughput of MPA students at UNISA

“Facilitator [Dr Layla Cassim] made me enjoy learning about research. I have been put off in the past when I attended a similar course at a University by someone else, but this has restored my passion to do research […] Definitely one of the best courses I have attended. Thank you for your efforts.” – Researcher at the CSIR at our RICS (Research and Innovation Core Skills) workshop, 14-16 August 2013

“Many thanks, my whole perspective on the PhD has now lifted; I owe this to you.” – PhD student receiving one-on-one coaching from Dr Layla Cassim

About Us

Layla Cassim ERS Consultants CC specialises in offering a range of products and services aimed at the higher education, skills development, research and scientific/ pharmaceutical fields. Our core values are excellence in service delivery, driven by a strong social consciousness and commitment to social justice.
BEE status: 100% Black- and female-owned and -managed.



Layla is a registered, practising pharmacist in South Africa and holds a PhD in Pharmacology, as well as an MBA (cum laude). She is the owner and Managing Member of Layla Cassim ERS Consultants CC. The company is an independent, micro enterprise.

Layla works in both the public and private sector as a pharmacist. She has been a Senior Lecturer in the Division of Clinical Pharmacology at the University of Cape Town. She lectures Pharmacology at both an undergraduate and postgraduate level. Layla is a reviewer for the South African Pharmaceutical Journal and has two regular columns in the magazine Pharmacy Update. One of these is a clinical column on various medical conditions, and the other is a pharmacy practice column, which she writes together with a former lecturer of hers from Rhodes University, Ms Wendy Wrench.



Layla has a special interest in developing performance management systems in pharmacies, so that optimal pharmaceutical care can be provided to patients. Pharmaceutical care is a highly patient-centred philosophy of pharmacy practice in which pharmacists accept responsibility for patients’ medicine-related needs. She also provides a specialist professional service in skills development, workplace transformation, academic and research development, and pharmaceutical support and capacitation.



Promoting the Postgraduate Toolkit on CD, developed by Dr Cassim, at our stall at the NRF’s SA PhD Conference in Cape Town


Research and Work Interests

  • Postgraduate development
  • Pharmaceutical care, patients’ rights and empowerment with regard to health and medicines
  • Rational drug use
  • LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex) rights, health and empowerment
  • Women’s empowerment
  • Skills development

After a three-part workshop with PhD students in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Stellenbosch University, 2016 (photograph courtesy of Jean Pierre Togolo, who is doing his PhD in Sociology, focussing on migration changes in urban development in Yaoundé, Cameroon)


Workshop on Postgraduate Supervision at the

University of Pretoria, 15 May 2013


Dr Layla Cassim with Oholiabs Danladi Tuduks after a workshop at the University of Stellenbosch. Tuduks is doing his Master’s degree in practical theology, specialising in pastoral care and counselling.



Dr Layla Cassim with students at the recent Winter School for Postgraduate Students at Stellenbosch University (15-17 July 2014) (photographs courtesy of Frederick Adetiba, who is doing his Master’s degree in Sociology, specialising in corruption).


At our recent Spring School for Postgraduate Students (27-30 October 2014), held at the Joburg Theatre in Braamfontein. This was our largest ever public workshop (photograph courtesy of Zukiswa Dasheka, who is doing her Master’s degree in Nursing Science, looking specifically at breastfeeding practices among first-time mothers).


At a workshop at Stellenbosch University on 9 April 2015 with Eunice Iloh and Bawana Bawana (photograph courtesy of Eunice Iloh and Bawana Bawana. Eunice is an M.Sc. exchange student in the Department of Animal Sciences, Stellenbosch University, while Bawana is registered for a Master’s degree in Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering)

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news and forthcoming events

Research Methodology workshop, Eastern Cape Provincial Department of Rural Development and Agrarian Reform, 22-23 October 2012 Research Methodology workshop, Eastern Cape Provincial Department of Rural Development and Agrarian Reform, 22-23 October 2012

Current and/ or past clients include

      • University of Stellenbosch
      • University of Johannesburg
      • Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)
      • Eastern Cape Provincial Department of Rural Development and Agrarian Reform
      • University of Pretoria
      • Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
      • University of Limpopo
      • Academie Reformatoriese Opleiding en Studies (Aros)

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Social Responsibility

Layla Cassim ERS Consultants CC is proud to support the following great individuals/ organisations/ movements, and commends them for the very important work that they do:

Layla is passionate about youth development, having compiled two youth anthologies, entitled “Celebrating Youth Awakenings” (Volumes 1 & 2), in 2000 and 2003, respectively.