TB doctor gets Stellenbosch University's highest honour

2016-03-16 12:08

Cape Town – Stellenbosch University has awarded a young doctor involved in fighting tuberculosis its Chancellor’s Medal for 2015, the institution’s highest honour.

Dr Jacobus Kotze, 24, received his award at a graduation ceremony on Tuesday, the university said in a statement.

Kotze, who is passionate about helping people with TB, said he was shocked when he was announced as the recipient.

“I was surprised, it was great honour. My fiancé and I are very grateful,” he told News24. 

The Chancellor’s Medal is awarded annually to a final year or postgraduate student who has excelled in their studies.

Kotze received his MB, ChB degree cum laude in December last year. He got an average of 81.42% during his six years of study. He passed 29 of his 31 modules with distinction.

He had received awards including academic colours from the Tygerberg Student Council, the Rector’s Award for outstanding academic achievement, and SU’s merit bursary every year since 2010.

Kotze was currently an intern doctor at East London Hospital. He said it was exciting to work with children and the NGO, TB Proof. The organisation advocated for improved transmission prevention, detection, and treatment of TB.

Kotze said he was excited about a campaign called Unmask Stigma, that aimed to decrease the stigma around TB, which claimed 4 400 lives worldwide every day.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Competition regulation for a growing and inclusive economy

ADVERTORIAL: The Competition Commission of South Africa is conducting advocacy work in the South African automotive aftermarket industry and has gazetted a Draft Code of Conduct for public comment.


6 myths about male cancer

It is important to be aware of the most prevalent cancer diseases amongst men in our country.


You won't want to miss...

Who are the highest paid models of 2017?
10 gorgeous plus-sized models who aren't Ashley Graham
5 top leg exercises for men
10 best dressed men of 2017
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.