What an exciting time to see young women trailblazing in medicine. We have the youngest black female hospital CEO and the country’s first black female neurosurgeon.
Only in their thirties, these mbokodos are as inspirational as they are aspirational. It doesn’t have to be “Woman Crush Wednesday” to celebrate and recognise these four amazing women.
1. Dr Nokwethemba Mtshali-Hadebe
Becoming the youngest hospital Chief Executive in 2016 at the age of 31. This graduate from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, heads up Bertha Gxowa Hospital in Germiston. This is a district hospital with 767 staff members. Dr Mtshali-Hadebe also has an MBA from Wits University.
2. Dr Viwe Mtwesi
Born in Mount Frere, Dr Mtwesi is the country’s youngest black female cardiologist at the tender age of 32. In Nelson Mandela’s last days, she was part of the medial team who treated this icon. She was honoured with a Mandela Medallion gold medal by former president Jacob Zuma. Dr Mtwesi is currently working at Chris Hani Barawanath Hospital as a cardiology fellow.
3. Dr Ncumisa Jilata
This Mthatha born doctor is one of only five black female brain surgeons in South Africa. At the age of 29, Dr Ncumisa Jilata became the country’s youngest female neurosurgeons in 2017. She completed her Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery degree at Walter Sisulu University's Mthatha Faculty of Health Sciences in 2009. She now works at Steve Biko Academic Hospital.
4. Dr Nomusa Shezi
Completing her studies at UKZN in 2008, Dr Shezi became KwZulu Natal’s first black female neurosurgeon in 2017. She is one of only five black African women neurosurgeons countrywide. Dr Shezi, now 32, is currently based at Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital.
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