- Dr Nokwethemba Mtshali-Hadebe is a young trailblazer
- She became chief executive of Bertha Gxowa Hospital in Germiston at the age of 31
- She is a graduate of UKZN and holds an MBA
Dr Nokwethemba Mtshali-Hadebe became the youngest chief executive of a South African public hospital at the age of just 31 years old.
Briefly.co.za gathered that the young trailblazer was appointed to head Bertha Gxowa Hospital in Germiston, Gauteng, permanently in 2016.
Before then, she had held the position in an acting capacity since 2015. According to Mail&Guardian, Mtshali-Hadebe leads a staff complement of over 700.
Mtshali-Hadebe studied medicine at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, where her leadership skills were already evident.
She became UKZN's first female president of the medical school SRC. After her graduation, she gained experience in both public and private hospitals while obtaining her MBA at Wits.
Her experience included a stint as clinical manager at the Far East Rand Hospital, where she improved service delivery standards.
Mail&Guardian named Mtshali-Radebe in its 200 Young South Africans list in 2017. Speaking to the newspaper, she said she's determined to succeed:
I’m black, I’m young and I’m female. I know I have to step up, not just for me but for all those groups. I need to prove these pre-conceived judgments wrong.
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