South Africa-at-Large, 2018
Current Place of Residence: East London, Eastern Cape
University: University of Stellenbosch
Current/Recent Course: Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery
Koot Kotze is a medical doctor who grew up as the fifth of six children. He attended Stellenbosch University, where he was awarded the chancellor’s medal. He works in the Eastern Cape, South Africa, and is excited to be starting community service at Zithulele (a small rural hospital) in 2018. He was a co-founder of the NGO TB Proof, which advocates for the prevention of tuberculosis transmission, access to new and safer TB medications and reduction of TB stigma. He also co-founded the South African Safe Working Hours Campaign, which advocates for implementation of continuous shift limits to prevent harm within the South African healthcare setting. He loves reading, learning Xhosa, spending time outdoors, dogs, and enjoying the company of his wife, family and friends.