Professor Letlhogela Meshack Ntlhe MBChB (Natal) FCS (SA) 1951–2022
Professor Meshack Ntlhe, one of the last quintessential general surgeons and a founding Faculty member of the Advanced Trauma Life Support Course (ATLS) in the country, sadly died of COVID-19 complications on 8 January 2022. Meshack was born in Randfontein an matriculated from Barolong High School in Mafikeng in 1970. As one of the talented matriculants, he bypassed the preliminary year at the University of Natal Medical School and was admitted directly into the first year MBChB course in 1971. The University of Natal Black Section (UNB), a hive of student politics where Steve Biko expounded the philosophy of Black Consciousness (BC), was centred in The Allan Taylor Residence, the only black students’ residence at the University. It was in this vibrant political milieu that Meshack was introduced to university life under apartheid. BC was to shape his career choices of unwavering service to his people starting with involvement in student projects to help needy local communities.
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