Rachel Levy

Rachel Levy was expected to become a teacher, like many women in her religious community, but decided that she wanted a bigger challenge: today she is now in her third year of medical school and hoping to become a doctor. Growing up as one of 5 children in one of Israel’s poorest southern towns, there was […]

Eli Nisan

Eli grew up in a typical Charedi (ultra-orthodox) Jewish home in Israel’s super-conservative city of BneiBrak, where his father works as a traditional scribe, writing Torah scrolls using pen and ink.  He and his 4 brothers and sisters were encouraged to excel in both their religious and secular studies, graduating high school with good qualifications […]

Kholofelo Matlakala

Kholofelo Matlakala is determined to empower young women and, at just 21 years of age, she has already mapped out a life of service for herself. Kholofelo is in her second year of medicine at Wits University, but when her hectic academic schedule allows, she collects feminine hygiene products to give to disadvantaged teenage girls. […]

Juliet Mantso

Juliet Mantso has had to overcome much more than socio-economic troubles on her path to becoming a doctor. And although her vehicle wavered, she has persevered. In the latter part of 2014, she had to put her medical degree on hold for six months, but she came back with a vengeance this year. So much […]

Gary Felix

It takes a special kind of person to achieve their goals despite adversity and repeatedly being told they not capable of doing so. Gary Felix is a special kind of guy. Gary grew up on the wrong side of the track in Mitchells Plain in Cape Town. His father worked on the railways and his […]

Nkokhelo Mhlongo

When Nkokhelo Mhlongo was a little boy, all he dreamed of was getting a matric and finding a job. That was the most anyone in his rural KwaZulu-Natal village aspired to. Today, armed with a BSc in Computer Science and Information Systems and a job developing software, this 24-year-old dreams of setting up a business […]

UKZN PIF 2017: Moshal Buddy Family Stophungernow PMB

Some of our super UKZN students undertook the first Pay It Forward activity for 2017 in South Africa in February, just a week after the UKZN orientation. They chose to make sandwiches at the StopHunger initiative in Pietermaritzburg. It was led by Mthokozisi, who heads up the Buddy Family at the Pietermartizburg campus. He joined […]

Zaakir Nakhwa

A medical investment for society After his baby brother was born with a severe form of Down’s syndrome in 1997, the young schoolboy Zaakir Nakhwa realised his future was mapped out for him. As he witnessed his parents’ helplessness, and that of other hospital patients, he knew his calling was to become a doctor and […]

Ishmael Chikoo

A master of diligence When Ishmael Chikoo was a child he would walk 13km to school every morning from his village in Chipinge in Manicaland, Zimbabwe, and 13km back in the evening. Despite these hardships, he was a focused pupil and always at the top of his class. “My dad used to buy me a […]