Twins overcome challenges to become doctors

By Drum Digital
09 December 2015

They refused to let their circumstances determine their future.

By Nomzamo Ngcobo

Twins, Wandile and Wanele Ganya (23) from Khayelitsha in Cape Town have recently graduated from the Stellenbosch University and received their MB, ChB degrees.

Growing up, the twins and their three siblings survived on their mother’s salary that she earned as a domestic worker, while their father struggled to get a job no matter how he tried. When they were in matric in 2009, Wanele got sick and he was diagnosed with TB. And they were days when he couldn’t go to school.

Wandile tells DRUM that this was a very challenging time of their lives. He says, “When he could not go to school, I helped him with school work to make sure that he wasn’t left out. My brother didn’t like the fact that he could not go to school but he was happy that I helped him. ” He says he doesn’t know how he managed to do his work and help his brother at the same time but he says he knew he had to do it.

The brothers passed their matric and they got study loans to study medicine in 2010. And from their second year, they got a sponsor that covered everything they needed. Wandile says it was a very special moment seeing their parents happy during the graduation ceremony. “Our mother even cried; it was her first time at a graduation [ceremony],” he says. The twins are still passionate about studying and say they want to further studies.

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