Born and bred in Buffalo Flats, a small suburb in the Eastern Cape, Sivuyisiwe Jekwa (25)
has always known she wanted to study medicine; in fact she couldn’t imagine herself being anything but a doctor. After her matric in 2013 she enrolled at Stellenbosch University where she studied Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB), although her parents have always been supportive of her dreams, she was aware she was going to need financial assistant in order to achieve her dreams.
Although she received student financial loans in her first years of study, she had the stress of where she will get money in her last year of University, that is when she heard about HWSETA bursary. HWSETA bursary is an opportunity for students studying towards the health, veterinary and social development sectors with the purpose of training them to provide a world-class quality services at the workplace.
“I cannot express my gratitude for being given this opportunity, because of this bursary I was able to have my fees paid and graduate on time with my peers. I am entirely grateful for the support that I received from HWSETA and hope that those who were also offered the opportunity get to enjoy the privilege of success that I have been offered. My family and I will always be eternally grateful’’, she said.
Sivuyisile also had her fair share of challenges in her profession , she says that being a young black female doctor in South Africa can be challenging because some patients still have the stereo-type that we (young black female doctors) can only be nurses and that leads to patients not taking anything you say serious/not following the doctor`s order and this will eventually have a negative impact in your career.
She also loves being a doctor, helping patients fulfils her and she would never give it up for anything. Her advise is to never give up, no matter how many times you fall, you get up and dusts yourself and never forget the bigger picture/goal.
Sivuyile is currently doing her training in the Eastern Cape and will decide she specialisation in due course.
Last modified: June 17, 2020