Dr Andile Nofemela, a young academic, passed on last Saturday after a brief illness.Born and bred in Gugulethu, Nofemela matriculated at Pinelands High School and went on to study for a BSc Medical Biosciences Degree at the University of the Western Cape and graduated in 2005. In 2006 he attained an his Honors Degree in Infectious Diseases and Immunology at the University of Cape Town. He then enrolled for a Masters’ Degree in Medical Virology and graduated in 2009. In 2013 he obtained a PhD in Medical Virology. His studies in Medical Virology have been inspired by his commitment to try and understand the virus that is responsible for HIV and its treatment. Through his research, he dedicated himself to supporting the community-based antiretroviral services in Gugulethu.Dr Nofemela had proven that even at a young age, one can achieve greater things and still be able to plough back in the community. In 2012, whilst still a student at UCT, he co-founded the Dikakapa –Everyday Heroes, a Non-Profit Organization which aims to foster a culture of success and excellence in education amongst the youth of South Africa, particularly those from under-priviledged communities.It is through this organization that he worked with high school learners at Fezeka, Gugulethu Comprehensive and Thandokhulu High Schools.At the time of his death, he was working at the School of Public Health and Family Medicine at UCT. Nofemela believed that education is the tool that will open most doors. After obtaining his PhD, he was studying for a second Masters’ Degree, this time in Public Health. Sadly he passed on before he could complete this qualification.Born on 23 November 1984, he is survived by his parents, sister and grandparentsdied. His funeral is on Saturday.