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“Ngiytholel’ umunt’ oFresh, umuntu onjengo Nurse…”

When Mampinsta sang this line in Big Nuz’s 2011 hit single, Wayilamula, he certainly had Londiwe Minenhle Khumalo in mind. Londiwe is a 23-year-old nurse from KwaDukuza. She is one of the few people that were able to identify their purpose from an early age. “I’ve always been one person who has chosen to embrace their innate need to nurture and heal people in which ever capacity life has allowed me to.

All the choices that I have made in my life have sort of revolved around that.” She obtained her Bachelor of Nursing (Hon) Degree from the University of KwaZulu-Natal and has served the community of KwaDukuza since graduating in 2019. The story of her upbringing is that of a typical African child, raised by the powerful prayers of two strong black women eTete. Londiwe believes that her grandmother’s (uGugu) prayers have launched her far further than anticipated. Although serving her community as a nurse has always been her dream, it doesn’t mean that there are no challenges. It is not all sunshine and roses. “There are days where it gets tough, and I feel like pulling few hairs but that one, “Ngyabonga mntanami” from patients makes me feel like all those sleepless nights at UKZN were worth it and keeps me going.

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