Palesa Mabatho Monyake is a prominent figure among healthcare professionals, known as a leader in the field with an intense passion for both the practice and the people that make up the medical industry. Often taking the time to mentor young doctors, she has become a role model in addition to her own significant accomplishments at a young age — most recently, qualifying as a paediatrician.
Monyake’s history and academic record speak volumes about her mastery in, and dedication to, the field. In all of her work, she is guided by the goal of ensuring that, “families may feel loved and comforted as we take care of their little ones in their greatest time of need”.
While still in high school, Monyake was a member of a paramedic team at St John’s Ambulance and a volunteer at Netcare Union Hospital from 1998 to 2001. In 2002, she graduated from school with six distinctions. These outstanding results earned her the Gallagher Foundation Scholarship, which covered the expenses of her tertiary education.
Monyake was accepted into the University of Cape Town’s medical school and obtained her first medical degree in 2008. She went on to obtain a diploma in HIV disease and management, a Fellowship of the College of Paediatricians and, finally, her Masters in medicine.
Having just finished a Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship with the University of the Witwatersrand, Monyake is currently employed as a specialist pediatrician in the pediatric intensive care unit at the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital in Parktown, Johannesburg.
Outside of the office, she is preparing to write her pediatric critical care exams, which will make her one of only six black women pediatric intensivists in South Africa.
Her hope is: “To put a smile on the face of a child, and to have children’s lives changed by my presence. I dream to leave a legacy of love and kindness, all done with a spirit of excellence.” Monyake serves as the secretary of the Critical Care Society of Southern Africa, Egoli branch, and is involved in the planning of symposia and critical care activities. – Cayleigh Bright
Linkedin: Palesa Monyake