Living the dream: KZN man became South Africa's youngest doctor at the age of 20

Living the dream: KZN man became South Africa's youngest doctor at the age of 20

- Sandile Kubheka graduated with an MBChB degree in 2013 at the age of 20

- In the process, he became South Africa's youngest doctor at the time

- He was also voted the 4th most influential South African earlier this year

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25-year-old Sandile Kubheka is no ordinary person. In 2013, he became the youngest ever doctor in South Africa at the age of 20, according to an EWN report.

Sandile was able to achieve this extraordinary milestone as a result of his academic brilliance at a young age. gathered that when he was in Grade 6, he was promoted to Grade 7 in April of that year.

According to, Sandile completed his matric at Siyamukhela High School at the age of 15. He subsequently enrolled at UKZN’s Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine.

Sandile, who hails from Newcastle, then obtained his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) aged 20. He also became the youngest ever graduate of UKZN's school of medicine.

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The young doctor currently works at the ICU unit at Grey's Hospital in Pietermaritzburg. In February this year, he was voted the fourth most influential South African in a list that featured 100 people.

Sandile is also an ambassador for the South African National Blood Service (SANBS). He plans to register for a Masters of Medicine degree, specializing in Internal Medicine.

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In a recent interview with Witness, he said he wants to mentor young learners in his community in Newcastle. He added:

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