Doctor Thulani Ngwenya has no plans to leave his job at Bethesda Hospital, near Ubombo in rural KwaZulu-Natal, for a post in a city.
Ngwenya grew up near the facility and he's determined to serve his community for as long as possible.
As long as he's around, Ngwenya argues, patients can get healthcare in a language they understand.
The Umthombo Youth Development Foundation, which offers financial support and mentorship, helps to produce health workers for the country's underserved far-flung areas.
Ngwenya is one of about 500 health science graduates that the non-profit organisation has helped since 1999.
Get to know this rural doctor better with our reporter, Dylan Bush.