‘My dad was married to two wives. He left us when we were little to go live with his second wife. I have 7 siblings (6 sisters & 1 brother). My mother had to raise us all by herself. She is illiterate and unemployed. In 2014 when I got to medical school, the only income we had was the social grant for my two younger sisters. Now my mum is a vendor at a local school and that is our only income at home.
I come from a place where the nearest clinic is more than 40km away, and the closest hospital is over 60Km away.
I’ve dreamed of being a doctor since I was a little girl. I am so passionate about making a difference in my community because I’ve seen how my community struggles to get to a healthcare facility, and when they’ve gotten there, how they still get poor service.
It all started when my grandmother died after she had a heart attack and we couldn’t get her medical help immediately because there was neither a clinic nor a hospital close-by. From that day I knew I had to be a Doctor because I believe she could have been saved if there was immediate help.
My goal was always to make a difference – by working as a Doctor in my community, and through inspiring other young people. ‘