At 33, young leader redefines black excellence as a specialist surgeon

At 33, young leader redefines black excellence as a specialist surgeon

- Boitumelo Phakathi is just 33 years old

- She's already a specialist surgeon and is soon completing her PhD

- She also runs a foundation focusing on youths in rural areas

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Dr Boitumelo Phakathi is just 33 years old, but she's already breaking new grounds when it comes to black excellence.

She's already a specialist surgeon at Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital in Johannesburg, learned.

In 2014, the brilliant lady from Taung, North West, was the youngest black female surgeon in South Africa at the age of 29, according to eNCA.

Boitumelo holds a master's degree in general surgery and is currently pursuing her PhD in the molecular biology of breast cancer and HIV.

Amazingly, she also runs her own foundation, the Boitumelo Phakathi Education Foundation. It focuses on personal development and career advancement of youths in rural areas.

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In recognition of Boitumelo's incredible achievements, Mail&Guardian named her in its 200 Young South Africans list for 2018.

The sky is indeed the limit for Boitumelo. In a recent interview, she said:

I’ve always wanted to become a doctor from when I was doing standard 5, because I’ve always wanted to help people and also my main desire was to improve the quality of health delivery in our country.

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