- A 22-year-old man has opened up about his decision to study medicine and become a doctor
- Mthandeni Masilela lost this mom and brother when he was only nine years old and through the pain he found his calling
- Today, Masilela is well on his way to become a doctor and he spoke to Briefly.co.za about the journey so far
Recently, Mthandeni Masilela inspired thousands online when he opened up about why he decided to study medicine.
Taking to the #ImStaying group, Masilela revealed he is studying towards becoming a medical doctor - a path in life he chose after his mom and brother passed away. Speaking to Briefly.co.za, Masilela revealed he was only nine when he lost his family members.
"When my mom and younger brother passed away in a space of 8 months, it was very difficult for me. I didn't understand the reasons behind their sudden passing. My younger brother wasn't really given the care he deserved.
"That's when I discovered my calling to study medicine. I told myself that I want to help sick people sick so that no one my age, at the time, will have to go through such pain again. My mother and brother's passing drove me to medicine."
Masilela grew up in Katlehong, a township in the East Rand. After his mom passed away in 2008, the young man and his siblings stayed with his aunt.
However, life as an orphaned child in a squatter camp was far from easy and Masilela had to work hard to make it to where he is today.
"My childhood was not an easy one, there were days we went to bed on an empty stomach. I'd sell fried russians at taxi ranks and filling stations to help put food on the table. We had happy days too... it was just a roller-coaster of life," he said.
Further more, Masilela struggled with mathematics - a subject needed to be accepted into a medical programme at SA universities.
Luckily, he managed to overcome all struggles and enrolled at the University of Witwatersrand (Wits). The future doctor revealed he has three years left until he graduates and finally realises his dream.
"My advice to someone out there, regardless of age is to follow your dreams, work hard to make them come true. They shouldn't remain just that: a dream!
"The journey to success is never an easy one, its not always sunshine and butterflies, fall ten times and get up on the eleventh. Giving up is never an option. It's never too late to build an empire."
Meanwhile, in other news, a 20-year-old woman, Sisanda Buthelezi, has been wowing South Africans with her exceptional talent on social media. The young artist posts snaps of the hyper-realistic pieces of art she completed - some she even shows off before they are completed.
Sisanda was born in KwaZulu-Natal but she relocated to Pretoria with her parents at the end of 2012. The talented young lady attended Potchestroom Girls' High School and she fell in love with art completely when she took visual arts as a subject in Grade 10.
Speaking to Briefly.co.za, Sisanda opened up about her passion for art and what she hopes to achieve in the future.
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