- Two best friends received the chance to study medicine overseas
- The pair along with 80 others were picked from 6 000 candidates
- They can't wait to return to SA to use their skills to save lives
Two friends received a once in a lifetime opportunity to study abroad. The pair are studying medicine in Tambov, Russia.
Akani Sikwile and Emmanuel Mashaba from Mpumalanga were granted this amazing opportunity through a bursary by the Department of Education.
Emmanuel’s determination to study medicine was fuelled by his belief that his stepmother might have recovered from the stroke, which proved fatal, if only South Africa had more good doctors. Akani, on the other hand, had long nursed a burning desire to join the medical profession. The only problem was that his marks weren’t quite up to scratch at the time.
The pair joined the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA’s) provincial Thuthuka Development Camp. And that’s where everything began to change. It fired the duo up for the future.
Speaking to GoodThingsGuy.com, Emmanuel said:
“We pushed for our goal every day. We set up study groups at each other’s houses, recruiting other students to study with us"
He was rejected by medical schools, however. They were accepted for engineering, but had no interest in the discipline.
Then one day he received a phone call telling him that he has received a bursary to study medicine in Russia. He immediately let Akani know, only to find out that his best friend had also been selected.
Only 82 students are chosen out of 6 000 hopefuls.
The students can't wait to return to South Africa so they can use their skills to give back to the community.
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