Dr Viwe Mtwesi is South Africa's youngest black female cardiologist

Dr Viwe Mtwesi is South Africa's youngest black female cardiologist.

Mtwesi spoke with 702 host, Relebogile Mabotja (standing in for Azania Mosaka) about her accomplishment and how it feels to be the youngest black woman cardiologist in the country.

Mtwesi says she grew up in a household where she was taught to believe in herself and that is how she has come so far.

To be a cardiologist you have to be a specialist physician which involved four years of studying. After my undergrad I had to do a two year internship, one year of community service and later began training to become a specialist physician for four years, then three years of cardiologist.

Dr Viwe Mtwesi, specialist cardiologist

To be a be a cardiologist, you are required to study for seven more years explains Mtwesi who matriculated at 17.

Mtwesi tells Mabotja that she doesn't follow her heart's desires but rather follows what she is good at. She says she wanted to become an engineer but mathematics was never her strongest trait so she capitalised on her strengths and what she excelled at.

I had to be around people who believed in me. I believed first then surrounded myself with people who really believed in me.

Dr Viwe Mtwesi, specialist cardiologist

Mtwesi says her family has been so supportive of her even accompanying and waiting for her outside her exam room when she was still studying.

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