From domestic worker to medical doctor – this is Pamela’s inspiring story!
Pamela Sithole, now an intern doctor at Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital, had to juggle her studies and part-time domestic work to put herself through university.
Sithole, 25, who graduated last month with a distinction in dermatology, used her earnings to buy bare necessities such as food and clothing while studying.
Speaking to the Sowetan, Sithole explained that while her fellow students were on holiday during academic breaks, she worked for her employer, Val Shirley.
I knew I wanted to be something that would make me feel alive, that would make a difference. The only thing that I knew would achieve this was working in the health profession as a doctor.— Pamela Sithole
Growing up, life wasn’t easy because her mom was divorced and was raising four children on her own. Her older siblings had to support them financially but Sithole said it was the strength of her humility that allowed her to do work that many would see as mundane for her age.
I worked whenever I had time, or when I was free. I would call my employer and tell them that I was available to work.— Pamela Sithole
The young doctor hopes her story would inspire others to never give up. Her former employer Shirley said that Sithole has always been a loving and hard-working person.
I am so proud of her and the manner in which she has concluded her studies. We are all looking forward to being able to say we are a friend and the future patients of the amazing Dr Pam.— Shirley