Sandile Kubheka, who graduated as a medical doctor at the age of 20 in 2013, set a record in South Africa and across the continent.
Sandile’s success story, as well as his audacious dreams, continue to inspire others today.
Sandile excelled academically, and after only three months in Grade 6 at Jobstown Primary in Masondeza, Madadeni, Section 7, he was advanced to Grade 6.
The 20-year-old matriculated from Siyamukela High School in Madadeni, Section 2, at the age of 15 and went on to the University of KwaZulu-Natal Nelson Mandela School of Medicine to pursue a Bachelors degree in Medicine and Surgery (MBChB).
The youthful and energetic doctor had already left an indelible impact on the world.
While most young South Africans were having fun during the festive season, this young man was helping at the Madadeni Hospital.
Sandile says he enjoys giving back to the community by volunteering at the Happy Valley Clinic and Madadeni Hospital to provide free medical treatment and guidance to rural areas.
“I love working especially with rural communities which often don’t have easy access to medical treatment. I assisted in registering the Happy Valley Clinic as a Non-Profit Organisation during my student years and will continue to work with disadvantaged communities in the future”.
“I’ve had a very humble upbringing and my mum, who raised me and my four siblings on her own, greatly assisted in keeping me grounded. I am the first to qualify as a doctor in my family.”
He is currently serving as an intern at Grey’s Hospital in Pietermaritzburg and plans to pursue a Masters of Medicine degree in Internal Medicine with a goal of specializing in Endocrinology at some point.