Dr Viwe Mtwesi is a cardiologist who specialised at the University of Witswatersrand, after she completed her undergraduate studies in medicine at Walter Sisiulu University. She is now in Canada doing a clinical fellowship in electrophysiology and plans to return to South Africa to provide this much needed service.
Mtwesi had not initially planned for a career in the healthcare sector. She found herself in medicine after not getting into mechanical engineering. However, she sees this as the unravelling of a perfect plan, because she loves what she does and cannot imagine herself doing anything else; she describes medicine as her calling. While studying she fell in love with the cardiovascular system and distinctly recalls that moment being when she started learning about and doing electrocardiograms.
Through collaboration with other organisations and community groups she has been able to implement several projects. One such project has allowed for free specialist services to be provided to those who are unable to afford them. She has also initiated and facilitated a mentorship program. “Mine is a goal of being better, and knowing that each day takes me closer to my dream, of creating change around me, of contributing towards producing leaders that are way better than me, African leaders that stand on global platforms to contribute towards making the world a better place.”
As the founder of Reeega medical tourism she is able to fulfil the need for medical tourism and innovation in our country, connecting both local and international clients to good healthcare services. Reeega also send patients abroad for services that are not offered in our country.
Mtwesi envisions vibrant minds from different sectors in Africa coming together to identify gaps in the healthcare system and finding innovative solutions that are currently lacking. She is passionate about innovation and plans to become a clinical entrepreneur as “the productivity of any nation depends on excellent health care, and for me being part of healthcare providers means I have a role to play in ensuring that we improve our economy and productivity as a nation”.