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One of the doctors who shone this year was Dr Viwe Mtwesi, 32, who became the youngest black female cardiologist in the country.
Dr Adè van Heerden showed us beauty and brains can go hand in hand when she was crowned Miss South Africa last month, while some doctors, such as Sivuyile Madikana, made waves on social media to shine a light on medical issues in the public sector.
In case you missed all these, here are the top five doctors South Africa could not stop talking about this year:
* Mtwesi became the youngest black female specialist in cardiology when she graduated at Wits University’s College of Medicine in October. She kept the nation abuzz on social media with celebrations when her story came into the public domain.
Long before she qualified, she had already made a name for herself after she was chosen as part of former president Nelson Mandela’s medical team. She has since been honoured by President Jacob Zuma with a Mandela Medallion gold medal for treating the former president.
While her journey has by no means been easy, she is not daunted by what lies ahead. When asked how she kept motivated in her field, she admits that there was a time when “I was overwhelmed and thought the industry did not accommodate females, but with my supervisor’s advice and encouragement, I kept going”.