Meet our medical volunteers

These doctors, specialists, nurses and medical assistants who volunteer are doing such an incredible job, and they are absolutely stunning people. We just have to give you a glimpse of their time at the Tshemba Foundation volunteer centre.

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DR hennie nortje

Area of specialisation: Diabetologist

“Although the staff is completely overwhelmed by the amount of work, they are hungry for knowledge and incredibly friendly. Even the patients are humble, friendly and unbelievably grateful. The whole experience left me in awe. I’m excited to see how the new diabetic educators are doing and my wife is keen to be involved in teaching at the preschool at Hlokomela.”

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Dr Bashir Bulbulia

Area of specialisation: Anaesthetist

“The lodge where we stayed was superb, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. There is a nice camaraderie with the other doctors and the people from the environment. I believe my biggest contribution there would be to train the young doctors to improve their skills.”

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Dr Maria Pestana

Area of specialisation: General Dentist

“I feel very blessed to be able to help people. So, when I saw the article, I knew Tshemba might offer a very different experience; to both be able to help people in rural areas and enjoy a little bit of the bush. It’s a balance between the beauty of nature and the reality of life.”

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Maureen Dunnett

Area of specialisation: Nurse, specialising in Midwifery

“During my stay, I did not visit the hospital but instead travelled with the hardworking Hlokomela Clinic staff to the farms and clinics. Every day was a different experience for me. The time spent around HIV-testing and treating was highly informative.”

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Sonja Botha

Area of specialisation: Sonographer

“I’ve been working closely with the Tshemba Foundation in relation to training. They supported me in going for breast ultrasound training in Joburg, and the organisers are always willing to help cover costs for training and accommodation when it’s out of town. As far as Tshemba is concerned – I mean, they built this [Hlokomela] women’s clinic and they are always, always willing to help where they can.”

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Diana & Gerrit Burger

Area of specialisation: General Practitioner and Physician

“For Diana and I you created an otherwise unachievable forum through which we could try to offer our little bit, and for that, we cannot thank you enough. On reflection, we are indeed humbled by the realisation that once again we have received so much more blessing from this experience than those we sought to help.

I am convinced that Tintswalo hospital and district can be developed into a model of healthcare with far-reaching effects, well beyond South Africa itself. Should this model inspire a new generation of John Gears, the consequences are unimaginable.

Without fear of exaggeration, we see a time when Tshemba and Tintswalo will be ideas rather than names.”