Dr. Thakgalo Thibela: From a village girl to a remarkable Medical Doctor at age 21.

Dr. Thakgalo Thibela, a 24-year-old remarkable Medical Doctor; at age 21 she became the youngest female Medical Doctor in South Africa after obtaining a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from Wits University.

She was born and raised in Violet Bank, a village in the small town of Bushbuckridge in Mpumalanga province.

She attended Farel Primary School where she was smart enough and skipped Grade 7, enrolled straight to Lehlasedi High School where she also did not do Grade 9.

Dr. Thibela was promoted from Grade 6 to 8 and from Grade 8 to 10 due to her academic excellence and completed her matric with 7 distinctions at the age of 15.

At age 16, she received a bursary from Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) and enrolled at the University of Witwatersrand, where she successfully graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) in December 2020 at the age of 21.

She completed her Internship at Helen Joseph Hospital and her Community Service at Mapulaneng Hospital and intends on becoming a Neurosurgeon in the nearest future.

Sadly, Dr. Thakgalo Thibela is currently unemployed, willing and ready to serve anywhere in South Africa. She is also open to opportunities in the United States, United Kingdom, Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

“It happened to find myself as part of the 800+ unemployed doctors in South Africa currently. I am willing and ready to serve anywhere in the country but that opportunity is not being afforded to me. I became a doctor because I wanted to help people and not being able to do just that has been mentally taxing. Please help,” said Dr. Thakgalo Thibela.


Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery (MBBCh) – University of the Witwatersrand (2015 – 2020)
Diploma in Child Health
Basic Life Support
Advanced Cardiac Life Support
Paediatric Advanced Life Support

Lehlasedi High School
January 2011 – December 2014
Top Student in Shatale Circuit 2014


Medical Officer (Community Service)
Mapulaneng Hospital
01 January 2023 – 31 December 2023

Medical Doctor (Internship)
Helen Joseph Hospital / Rahima Moosa Mother & Child Hospital Complex
January 2021 – December 2022


Golden Key International Honor Society Member
Youngest Female Medical Doctor in South Africa
Mail & Guardian 200 Young South Africans 2022

EMAIL: thakgalothibela@gmail.com


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