When she’s not helping the country’s healthcare system fight back against the Covid-19 pandemic, Dr Matamela Mafune lends her life experience to her passion project, The Purple Sisterhood, a non-profit organisation that provides mentorship and guidance for young women.
You would be hard pressed to find someone with more selflessness and commitment to their cause than Dr Matamela Michelle Mafune. A devout Christian and medical doctor, she dedicates her free time to helping other women discover their purpose through guidance and mentorship. This is all while completing her second year of internship training, including 12-hour shifts in personal protective equipment at Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital in Johannesburg.
Once her training is completed she hopes to serve her community by working in a rural hospital in her native Limpopo, using the knowledge gained during her training to improve the quality of healthcare in underdeveloped areas. She’s also hoping to follow her dreams by specialising in public health medicine so that she can make a positive impact on the healthcare system at a national level. Qualifying as a medical doctor remains her proudest achievement, which took countless sacrifices and endless discipline, but her hunger to succeed won’t let anything slow her down.
When she’s not helping the country’s healthcare system fight back against the Covid-19 pandemic, Mafune lends her life experience to her passion project, The Purple Sisterhood. The non-profit organisation acts as a community for young Christian women and offers mentorship and guidance to help members in their professional, personal and spiritual lives. As a movement, Mafune and the sisterhood believe that to make a change in the world, you have to start with yourself.
“Growing up, I was the only girl in my family. I always dreamed of having an older sister, whom I could look up to, discuss life with and learn from.” This longing for an inspirational figure to connect with remained, and realising that a number of young women required something similar sparked her into action.
The sisterhood is a community, acting as a space where these women feel protected, powerful and, most importantly, that they have a voice — and it’s valid. Mafune understands the value of the organisation in shaping the future for these young women: “I’m proud and grateful to say I’ve created a platform that gives young women a voice and a chance to become authors of their own stories.”
When it comes to her motivations, Mafune clearly understands and passionately lives up to the purpose she believes she’s been given. “Whether in my personal projects like The Purple Sisterhood or in my profession as a medical doctor, knowing that I’m part and parcel in bettering the lives of others is what motivates me,” she says, adding that serving others is a privilege she’s glad to have.