Dr Nokwethemba Mtshali-Hadebe is the youngest hospital CEO in South Africa. She is on a mission to make her hospital one of the best in the country.
At the age of 31, she was given the massive job of running Bertha Gxowa hospital in Germiston. She also had to lead a team of 767 staff members.
Nokwethemba Mtshali-Hadebe graduated from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. She was the acting CEO for the hospital first before being promoted in 2016.
The young doctor said being acting CEO made her more positive and brave.
“The past year, as acting CEO, I’ve done very bold things, which I wouldn’t have done if I was permanently employed in the position. I might have been scared to do so.”
One of these things was dealing with the issue of staff attitude. The hospital had meetings with staff members to look at what motivated and demotivated them.
Nokwethemba does not play the role of a distant boss. She involves herself with the hospital as much as possible. She does this by walking around the hospital every week to stay up to date with all its issues and challenges.
Being the CEO of a big hospital is no easy task, but Nokwethemba is confident she can handle the pressure.
So what does the young CEO hope to achieve? Dr Nokwethemba Mtshali-Hadebe wants to turn Bertha Gxowa hospital into a centre of excellence.
She also knows she needs to work hard to do her part for her country and community.
“I will continue to do my work. I work hard and I won’t be apologetic about that. I know there’s the pressure of being young, female and black, so I need to work three times as hard as any average person to prove that I am worthy and that I can do the work.”
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