Young PMB doc humbled by top national award

2014-09-08 00:00

SOUTH Africa’s youngest doctor, Sandile Kubheka, says he’s humbled after winning the Young South African of the Year award over the weekend.

“I was shocked and surprised when my name was called. I’m extremely excited,” Kubheka told The Witness yesterday.

The prestigious awards ceremony was held at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg on Saturday night.

The 20-year-old, who works at Grey’s Hospital in Pietermaritzburg and holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degree (MBChB), said the nomination on its own was an honour.

“It was a great feeling. This gives me an opportunity to do what I do, which is to help people,” said Kubheka, who was born in Newcastle.

“My family is so happy for me. Thanks to everyone who voted and supported me. This shows that anyone can do anything at any age.”

There were six nominees in his category, including nine-year-old Afeefah Patel, who is a rhino activist.

Kubheka is no stranger to claiming high accolades.

He has won the KwaZulu-Natal Young Achiever of the Year and Best in Health Award at the Future Leaders Youth Awards. He was also nominated for the MTV Base Leadership Award earlier this year.

• Public Protector Thuli Madonsela was named the South African of the Year.


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