- Meet Dr Tlaleng Mofokeng, who was named one of the 100 Most Influential Young Africans of 2017 by Africa Youth Awards
- Dr Mofokeng has made sex education her life's mission
- The doctor, when she realised youngsters trusted her to discuss touchy subjects, said: “Children should know that their bodies matter”
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By Brandon Nel - Freelance journalist
Many ancient doctors were called Asclepiades or Hippocrates. That is where the term 'Hippocratic Oath' originates from. The oath states the obligations and proper conduct of doctors, formerly taken by those beginning medical practice. Parts of the oath are still used in some medical schools today.
A person who understands this oath extremely well is Dr Tlaleng Mofokeng, an expert on sex education.
“It’s something I’m really passionate about, since school days,” she said to Briefly.co.za.
This modern lady with a passion for people and a dazzling smile is not only a very renowned speaker who does not hesitate to perform her duties, but she does it with a certain “joie de vivre”.
Dr Tlaleng Mofokeng grew up in Phuthaditjhaba. The frequent snow on the Drakensberg mountain peaks surrounding the town was the reason the San called the region Qwa-Qwa (whiter than white).
According to her, her childhood was as “perfect as any child could dream of”.
“There was no shortage of love or material things in my life. Since early in my childhood I became mesmerised by healing people and since then dreamt of becoming a doctor,” she said.
This South Africa woman has been named one of the 100 Most Influential Young Africans of 2017 by Africa Youth Awards.
Dr Mofokeng is proof that the problems of a a male-dominated industry can be overcome and that women can indeed play huge roles in modern society.
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Her mother was a teacher at a school for deaf children and many believe that this was what laid the foundation for her wanting to better the lives of others. She speaks fluent sign language as a result, of course.
Dr Mofokeng said:
"Seeing youngsters day in and day out hanging around at clinics, waiting to speak to me once I leave the building made me realised that the youth of today do not feel comfortable discussing their personal matters with just any staff at the clinic,” she said.
They specifically sought her out, and the realisation that she made them feel at ease and understood how their minds and bodies worked set her thinking.
“Children should know that their bodies matter.”
This awareness made her go out of her way to educate the nurses and sisters on how to resolve matters of a personal nature when they were confronted with these issues.
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