BEING born in the deep rural area of Msinga in Greytown did not stop her from achieving her goal of becoming a doctor. Velile Radebe (32), a general practitioner, recently opened a medical practice in Church Street called Capital Medical Centre, with her work partner, Thobile Mkhabela (26), a dentist. Radebe, now a Pietermaritzburg resident, said it was always her dream to become a doctor and her father used to say she was his doctor. “When I applied to study after high school, I only had one choice, that of being a doctor and I studied at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban,” she said. After university in 2009 Radebe worked as an intern in a KZN hospital.Radebe said she met Mkhabela last year and they spoke about opening a medical practice together, which became reality on July 18.The doctors plan to visit schools in Maritzburg to teach pupils how to take care of their teeth and encourage them not to give up on their dreams no matter where they come from. “Mkhabela worked here before when it was called Mpilenhle Medical Centre. When I met Mkhabela we decided to work together and open our own centre using this building after Mpilenhle closed.We want to grow this medical centre and have different types of doctors. “We want people to come here and know they will find a doctor they are looking for.” Mkhabela, originally from Umlazi, said it was difficult growing up, but she never gave up on her dream. “It was very tough. Both my parents were not working and we learnt to ‘hustle’ when we were young. “Growing up I wanted to be a dentist because I was curious about things people said about toothache. When I got into tertiary studies I started loving it more,” she said.