- Sthembiso Gumbo worked as a gardener while studying to be a paramedic
- Ambulance services often feared coming to his neighbourhood because of crime
- Determined to do something about it, he started his own private ambulance service
An inspirational man from Ntuzuma in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, went from being a gardener to running his own private ambulance service.
Sthembiso Gumbo told Beautiful News recently that he funded his studies to be a paramedic using savings he had made from gardening for 10 years.
He then gained valuable experience while working for Accimed Response for 16 years, Briefly.co.za gathered.
The high crime and hijacking levels in his neighbourhood discouraged ambulance services from responding to emergencies there.
This inspired Sthembiso to start Afromed Medical Services in 2012. Before long, his business took off and he now employs 46 members of staff.
Sthembiso is now using his story to inspire other young people to rise beyond circumstances that might hold them back. He said:
I’m so proud that I’m able to inspire others in my community to follow my path. I believe all South Africans have the power to become whatever they want. They just need that little push.
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