Ngoakoana Mahlachana, 35, is looking forward to joining the battle against childhood cancer after becoming SA's third black person to qualify as a paediatric oncologist.
Sowetan reported last year that Dr Vhutshilo Netshituni made history by becoming the first black medical practitioner to qualify in the field after graduating from Stellenbosch University in 2016.
Mahlachana, along with Innocentia Madzhie, followed suit last year. All three women hail from Limpopo.
Speaking to Sowetan, Mahlachana, who grew up in Seshego township near Polokwane, said she can't wait to start working in her field after graduating in October 2017.
Mahlachana, who worked at Steve Biko Academic Hospital, said she became interested in paediatric oncology while doing rotations at different wards within the facility.
She then enrolled at the Wits Medical School to further her studies in paediatric oncology.
"I was impressed by the unit. They had a good system that ran like a well-oiled machine," she said.
Mahlachana said she also loved working with children, adding that paediatric oncology is a unique field.