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Constitution Hill: Keitumetse Mate

Keitumetse Mate

I grew up in a family of healthcare workers which ignited my passion for my career. I graduated at Wits University in 2015 and have been working as a speech pathologist and audiologist since. I have experience in working in both rural and urban settings, but my passion lies in working within the community as it allows me to build personal relationships with my patient’s. I founded a private practice, Kinuka Speech Therapy & Audiology, in 2019 which ran successfully until I was forced to temporarily halt in early 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This was not the only business venture that was affected by the pandemic; a friend of mine and I started a scrubs company born from our own frustration with poorly fitted and designed scrubs. The company built great traction at first but soon production was adversely affected by the pandemic, and we were forced to close. While this left me feeling despondent, the experience taught me how to stop, breathe and regroup. In the process of doing this, I was honoured with an opportunity of restarting my practice in an environment of highly accomplished peers.

Constitution Hill:

Confucius said, “Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” I have felt more powerful and accomplished in seeing things through, getting back up, looking back and being able to say, “I did that”.

Kinuka speech therapy & Audiology

Location: Apex Surgi Centre in Soweto

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