Nkhensani Mogale began her career as a part-time lecturer at the University of Johannesburg, and has been consistently breaking new ground ever since. In 2014, she became the first black female lecturer at Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University (previously called Medunsa, the Medical University of South Africa) in the anatomy and histology department. In 2017, she was then appointed as the first black female lecturer in the University of Pretoria’s clinical anatomy section of the department of anatomy.
Mogale is the honorary aecretary of the Anatomical Society of Southern Africa, where she is again the first black woman to occupy the position.
She has made it evident that nothing will stop her from achieving her goals. “One of my proudest moments was definitely completing my PhD within the three year set time,” she says.
“I had a plan set out with timelines of submission of the manuscript when I fell pregnant with my second daughter during the third year of the PhD. Needless to say when my daughter was born that plan took a different form.” Nappy changes, night feeds and helping with her elder daughter’s homework coincided with completing her manuscript.
Her continued presence in her field, both as a researcher and lecturer, has served as an inspiration for other women of colour who would pursue a career in medicine.
“I want to be one of the best in the field and make an impact,” Mogale says. “I want to make a positive impact in the lives of the students I have the pleasure of lecturing. Knowing I get to be a small part of their journey makes me want to be a positive and memorable part of that journey.”