Dr Sandile Kubheka recently completed his MBChB degree at the College of Health Sciences at the age of 20, making him the youngest graduate in the College’s history.

Kubheka of Newcastle, who was ecstatic about his achievement, attained a distinction in Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

He was selected by his classmates to receive the Yashiv Sham Bursary for having compassion and caring qualities and the Enid Gordon Jacob Good Fellowship Prize for character and good conduct.

Kubheka began his formal schooling at the age of five, matriculating aged 15 at the Siyamukhela High School. He then enrolled at UKZN’s Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine where he served in the Rural Development Club, in the Happy Valley Clinic and on the Medical Student’s Representative Council.

Kubheka enjoys giving back to the community volunteering to give free medical treatment and advice to rural communities attending the Happy Valley Clinic and Madadeni Hospital.

‘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.’

Kubheka is serving his internship at Grey’s Hospital in Pietermaritzburg and hopes to eventually register for a Masters of Medicine degree, specialising in Internal Medicine and to super specialise at some stage in Endocrinology.

He acquired an interest in Endocrinology after being inspired by UKZN’s Head of Department of Diabetes and Endocrinology, Professor Ayesha Motala, as well as having a family member who has Type 2 Diabetes.

Kubheka was voted as most likely to be “the next Minister of Health” by last year’s Medical class.

Article issued by UKZN