Musa Mthombeni talks about being a child star, doctor and his future goals


When Musa Mthombeni (27) was a presenter on YoTV, he was one of the most-loved

presenters on the teen television show. After he left YoTV, he went to pursue other things in the entertainment industry while studying to become a doctor.


Musa says him leaving the entertainment industry was bound to happen as he never planned to stay in the industry for long. “I have always wanted to become a doctor from a very young age. So the presenting job just came along because I loved TV,” he says.

Musa, who grew up in the Vaal, south of Joburg, with both parents says his mother, a teacher who wanted what was best for her kids, home-schooled him during his preschool

days and because he was always at home, he watched a lot of TV. This is how his love for TV presenting grew.

“I developed a desire to be on shows such as YoTV,” he says. Musa explains that during that time, he loved the entertainment industry so much that he used to be part of live

audiences before he auditioned for YoTV. “I auditioned for YoTV and after two weeks, they told me I got the job. It was one of the highlights of my life,” he recalls, adding that his dream of wanting to become a doctor was also growing.


Musa says while he was a presenter, it wasn’t really hard  for him to manage working on

TV and school. “We all have time; it’s just a matter of how you manage it. I have always

been a busy person. When I left YoTV, I was still in the entertainment industry doing a midnight show on YFM. I was also studying medicine at Wits University,” he says.

He says soon after that, he felt it was time to leave the entertainment industry altogether and focus on his studies. “There was a point where medical school needed more of my time

because we had exams every six weeks, so I had to be fully focused,” he says. When Musa graduated from medical school, he did his internship in Durban for about two years. He is now back in Johannesburg and working as a full-time doctor.


Although Musa has achieved a lot at a young age, he is not resting on his laurels and he has even bigger dreams. “I want to venture into business one day and be able to create jobs for unemployed people. There are a lot of unemployed people out there and my dream is to help them,” he says.

With the hard work and dedication Musa puts in everything he does, there is no doubt that he will also do well in business. “I hope my achievements will inspire others to follow

their dreams,” he says, adding that he's grateful to God for giving him the opportunity and

the strength to complete his medical studies.

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