Nozibele Mpanga, a 56-year old traditional healer, and her 29-year-old daughter Nolindo were awarded their degrees at the University of the Western Cape.
The mother had decided to go back to school at the age of 56, inspiring her daughter to add another feather to her cap.
Nozibele started studying in 2011, after she was diagnosed with cancer and was healed. She’d been fascinated by the idea of combining her gifts as a traditional healer and modern medicine.
“I have always had the gift of healing and became a traditional healer at age 11.
“In Xhosa, you are a pharmacist because you can pick herbs and administer them but I wanted to also understand the science behind it.
“I had cancer of the oesophagus in 2011 and it was in the third stages and was malignant but I healed and I believe it was because of my faith and of course the medicine.”