Ambitious doctor seeks financial help

2016-09-14 06:00
PHOTO: supplied Snenhlanhla Ngubane is seeking financial assistance to fulfil her dream of being a doctor.

PHOTO: supplied Snenhlanhla Ngubane is seeking financial assistance to fulfil her dream of being a doctor.

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AN ambitious medical doctor from KwaDambuza is seeking financial assistance to complete her MBChB (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) degrees.

Sinenhlanhla Ngubane (20), currently doing her first year of medicine at the University of Pretoria, said if she gets the financial assistance she requires, she be able to complete her degree in 2021and not be forced to drop out of university.

One of six children, Ngubane matriculated from Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High in 2014, and despite getting four distinctions in her final results, was not initially accepted for the MBChB programme.

“In matric I was not accepted to study medicine because of my Grade 11 results, which were not that great. So I was placed in the biological sciences bridging course programme at the Mamelodi campus in 2015 where they had to pick 20 out of 200 students to get into the MBChB programme this year.”

Her determination to be a doctor inspired her to study hard and this year she was finally accepted into the programme.

“I worked hard and focused on my studies because I knew I didn’t want to be anything else but a doctor and through God’s grace I was accepted.”

Supported by her 56 year-old mother, Sibongile, who is an administration clerk at the Department of Education, she said finances are limited.

“My father is a retired teacher and my mother has become the breadwinner. With the little she has, she is putting me and my younger brother through school and also supporting my three unemployed siblings.

“She is burdened with many other household bills, and besides my tuition fees, has to pay for my residence and does not get financial assistance from anyone.”

Ngubane said next year her mother will not be able to continue paying for her studies.

Speaking to Maritzburg Echo Sibongile said things are not easy.

“Since her father retired things have not been easy, We tried to help her apply for bursaries, but our efforts have been unsuccessful. We even tried to get forms from the Department of Health for a bursary, but failed, We will appreciate any help we can get.”

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