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Medical graduand overcomes funding challenges

Despite facing grave financial challenges, Ntokozo Maphanga persevered to realise her dream of graduating with an MBChB from the University of KwaZulu-Natal today.

In her third year of studies, Maphanga was financially excluded from the university because she could no longer afford her tuition fees. She worked to pay off some of her debt and resumed her studies the following year.

Maphanga is currently an intern at Prince Mshiyeni Memorial Hospital in Umlazi, Durban. She is looking forward to completing her community service in two years, and thereafter, she hopes to take up specialisation in obstetrics and gynaecology.

"Growing up, I always dreamed of becoming a doctor as I was fascinated with the human body. I also wanted to help the people who I could see were suffering from ailments in my community."

Reflecting on her journey to graduation day, Maphanga said: "Challenges faced along the way should never deter one's dreams."

Maphanga hails from Imbali, Pietermaritzburg.

For media interviews, Ntokozo Maphanga can be contacted on 079 614 5925.

The UKZN virtual graduation ceremony will be broadcast on SABC3 (DSTV Channel 193) today at 1:30pm. Graduands will join via the link:

UKZN has also partnered with Ukhozi FM on a special graduation programme, which will be broadcast between 12pm and 3pm today.