From a Farm Boy to a Medical Doctor.
I was born on the 21st January 1984 on a farm called Angora nearby Jansenville in the Karoo in the Eastern Cape. I`m the eldest of 5 children. I was born to a 16year old teenage mother, I grew up by my granny, stayed in very poor house-hold circumstances: no electricity or running water, overcrowded zinc house, alcohol abuse and travelled from farm to farm and so the list can go on…
My primere opleiding het ek begin te Clarkson in1989, waar ek graad 1 en 2 bestudeer het. Aan die einde van dieselfde jaar weens omstandighede moes ons verhuis van die plaas genaamd Driefontein, trug na Jansenville. Tussen die jare 1990-1993 was ons “nomadiese swerwers” en op meer as 15 plase gewoon in die kort tydperk van ooskaap tot weskaap, sodoende is my skoolloopbaaan onderbreuk en geen skool opleiding gehad. Gelukkig met vele onderhandelinge met die plaaseienaar verhuis my oupa-hule mid 1993 trug na Driefontein. Dus toe dat ek my voet neersit en in 1994 weer trug is op Clarkson om Graad 3 te hervat.
Dus hier tussen 1994-1999 wat my talent ontdek was, my karakter gevorm is, my droom en visie deur huidige n afgetreede personeel weer lewe gekry het. Na twee spesifieke gebeurtenisse in my lewe in die tyd het die begeerte om medies te studeer net meer en meer sterker geword, die “stil geboorte van my broerjie in 1999 opad van die plaas dorp toe asook my ouma se siekte proses alles in 1999. Dus in die tyd wat my geloof in God getoets was om nog altyd te glo, dat alles ten goede sal uitwerk. Tussen die jare het ek verskillende akedemiese pryse en sport prestasies behaal. O.a Beste leerder in graad 3-8 in my klasse. Die Beste Wiskunde n wetenskap olimpiade leerling in graad 8 in die tsistikamma/kouga streek. Op sportvlak was ek die skool se rugby en krieket kaptein vir die onder 11,13 en 15 jaar spanne. In graad 6 behaal ek die OP platteland o/13 krieket span en is ook aangewys as o/kaptein van die span. Hoogte punte ek word aangewys as Hoofseun vir die jaar 1999 en is ook vereer aan die einde van die jaar as sport man van die jaar.
My secondary phase was at” BYE PARK” Humansdorp Secondary School 2000-2003:
Best learner from grade 9-12 and the school deluxe student in matric, with the only A-candidate aggregate in the national exams for our school and served on different leadership structures. RCL (representative council of learners 2000-2003, president in 2003), executive government board of the school 2000-2003. An honour to be named the Head boy of HSS and hostel president 2003. Was the 3rd best matriculant in Nelson Mandela metropole for disadvantage schools in the national exams and received a full scholarship from the office of the premier for my studies at Stellenbosch University for Medicine.
Some of the Giants I faced along my road: From a young age who threaten our communities and my dream were – External forces: alcohol experimentation, poverty, Peer pressure, teenage pregnancy, Internal forces: low self-esteem, zero motivation so the list go on.
Some setbacks: The passing of my granny in 2000 who was my driving force and inspiration, I was diagnosed with rheumatic heart disease in grade 11 my health was severely threatened, but thanks to God for showing me grace during that time, and in 2003 the farm Driefontein got sold….
Tertiary phase: 2004-2009
Completed: – Doctoral degree in Medicine and Surgery (MBCHB-2004-2009) at University of Stellenbosch
- Theology diploma 2009-2010 at Faith Bible College.
- I have serve on several leadership structures and represent the Tygerberg medical school campus on different boards.
- Vice-president of Hippokrates Residence 2008, and serve 2 years on the leadership board.
- Sport: I played rugby, cricket and football for the Medical Campus, and won several awards as best dedicated player ect. and was on d leadership board 2004-2009 of the Sport Committee, Representitive.
I did my Internship in Tygerberg Academic Hospital 2010-2011, my Community service year 2012 at Uitenhage Provincial Hospital and I decided to work on for 1 more year. It is here were my passion for Obs and Gynae been birth, I was one of the senior medical officers running the department. In 2014 a desire to enrich my career and broaden it arises, so I took up a Medical Officer Post at Knysna Provincial Hospital. I was the senior medical officer in charge of the Obs n gynae department and running the labour ward.
At the end of last year (2015) a vision arrives to open a private practice in the rural community of Knysna and Bitou district, first of its kind in the community. After a lot of prayer and a step in faith I decided to take on the vision for my people in the community, to provide them with easy accessible, high quality and affordable private health care next to their door step. No need to take taxis or hire cars to town.
The birth of Lewies Medical Practice is on its arrival, the birth signs are there already, the expected due date for the opening is on 11 April 2016. I believe the community is very excited about the birth of its coming. Thanks to God who gave me the vision and provided in many ways for it to come to LIFE.