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Ndumiso Percival Sibisi


Jolivet, Ixopo, KZN

29 September 1989

University of KwaZulu Natal, Durban

Bachelor of medicine and surgery

6 years of study

Studies in progress


Sibisi is currently studying medicine at UKZN, her journey to get there is a remarkable one. She is from the deep rural town of Jolivet, here she went to primary school and attended high school in uMlazi where she matriculated from uMlazi Comprehensive Technical high school.


Sibisi lives with her mother, two siblings, a cousin, an aunt and her niece. Her mother is the sole breadwinner of the family and is employed by the SAPS. Her mother’s salary provides school fees for her siblings and three of her cousins, as well as, all other expenses for the family – all while paying off an NFSAS loan. As a result, her family struggle to make ends meet.


Sibisi describes herself as friendly, approachable, hardworking, dedicated person who loves to help others where possible. She lives up to this. By being extraordinarily goal orientated and disciplined she has been able to take the necessary steps to achieving her dream of becoming a doctor.


Being a doctor has been a lifelong dream for Sibisi. She jokes by saying that at the time “I didn’t have an idea what medicine really is. I just thought I’d carry a stethoscope, listen to patient’s hearts and give out medication”.


“As I went through my high school years, I grew to love medicine more and also understood that it doesn’t only take ‘brains’ to qualify to be a good doctor but you have to be a hardworking, caring and committed to treating patients”.


She explains that what also drew her into pursuing medicine as a career is the ever increasing rates of transmission of HIV as well as an incident in 2008 where her uncle was rushed to hospital only for there to be no doctors available to tend to him on his arrival. She then realised the need for more doctors in rural areas.


When Sibisi heard about the Umthombo Youth Development Foundation she jumped at the chance to study medicine through this bursary programme, and the rest is history.


While she is studying she works at Christ the King Hospital during her vacations. Working here has given her great insight into the shortages faced in the area. “There are lots of challenges in my hospital and hopefully when I get there in 2016 I will become an integral part of the management of patients and resources”. 

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