We are joined in studio by medical doctor, Pamela Phumzile Sithole. She shares with us her incredible story of hard work and determination, as she had to learn how to balance her life of being a domestic worker and medical student, for 6 years.
Pamela was born and raised in Phoenix, Durban, where she was the youngest of three, to a single mother, after her parents got divorced. Unfortunately her mother was unemployed during her youth so her siblings had to carry the responsibilities on them, but they were always able to provide for the family. Pamela never let this discourage her though, as she still excelled in school and even taking part in and pursuing sports and leadership courses in school and university. She first started working when she was 14 years old, when she helped out a woman who went to the same church as her, to do some cleaning up at the church. She was so impressive on that one occasion that she kept on being asked to return on her school holidays, until the lady who worked there, retired.
She would use the money that she made to buy herself necessities that she couldn’t always afford before. She continued to work there even during medical school, during her holidays. This was all in the pursuit of the dream of becoming a doctor, which she has had since the age of 15.