At only 32 years of age, she is the youngest black female cardiologist in South Africa, and an entrepreneur who is determined to make a mark in her field.
Viwe Mtwesi, who currently works as a cardiology fellow at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Joburg, has already made a name for herself. She was chosen as part of the medical team that treated Nelson Mandela during his last days.
This saw her and other medics honoured by President Jacob Zuma with a Mandela Medallion Gold Medal. Two years ago Zuma awarded medals to people who looked after Mandela when he was ill and all the soldiers who worked during the period leading to his memorial service in 2013.
Last week the ambitious Mtwesi, who also owns a medical tourism company, Rega, graduated from Wits College of Medicine after passing the medical board exams that will see her formally qualifying as a specialist in cardiology.
The journey to where she is has not been easy, yet she is not daunted by what lies ahead of her.
In her interview with IOL, Mtwesi revealed:
I grew up in a small rural village called Mpindweni in Mount Frere, Eastern Cape. After matric I studied medicine at the University of Transkei (now known as Walter Sisulu University). I specialise in cardiology and will finish my training in December.
Thereafter I plan to go overseas to further my training – to focus on electrophysiology and my PhD. I am grateful for this opportunity to further my studies through a private sponsorship which is for two-and-a-half years. I thank God, whom I love the most.
But the other thing about me is that I am encouraged by and admire young people who are determined to succeed in life and in business.