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UKZN medical alumni honoured for contributions in their fields

Professor Mochichi Samuel Mokgokong, the first black South African to qualify as a neurosurgeon in 1987, and Professor Lizo Mazwai, an emiritus professor of surgery, were among University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) alumni who were acknowledged for their contributions to medicine last week.

The event was hosted by the School of Clinical Medicine (Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, UKZN), under the leadership of Professor Ncoza Dlova, dean and head of the school.

Mokgokong headed the teams responsible for three separations of craniopagus conjoined twins, and has trained and mentored more than 20 neurosurgeons and produced the youngest neurosurgeon in Africa in 2017.

Mazwai was the former dean of the Medical School at Walter Sisulu University and past president of Colleges of Medicine of South Africa, Honorary Fellow of the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa, former chairperson of the South African Medical Research Council, and former president of the South African Medical Association.

This was the second of the series of events to honour UKZN’S medical alumni.

The inaugural launch of the programme was held last year with the aim of celebrating esteemed legends while they were still alive. The events grant legendary alumni an opportunity to impart knowledge by sharing their life experiences and life stories with the wider UKZN community and the public through a casual conversation, said a spokesperson for the university.

The next event is scheduled for 9 November.


Sunday Tribune PressReader article – Medical alumni to be honoured (Open access)


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