James pursued his medical degree at the University of Cape Town where he participated actively in extra-curricular activities and served in a number of student leadership positions. He is the past President of the Students’ Health and Welfare Centres Organisation (SHAWCO), SA’s oldest and largest student-run social development and outreach organisation responsible for running free mobile primary-care clinics serving thousands of patients every year. At SHAWCO, James and his team were awarded the UCT Student Team of the Year Award at the 2018 UCT Student Leadership Awards and he has received individual awards for Outstanding Social Responsiveness.
He is an alumnus of the South Africa – Washington International Programme (SAWIP) and is now enrolled in the Master’s in Public Health programme at UCT as a 2019 Mandela Rhodes Scholar.
He is the newly appointed Chairperson of the Junior Public Health Association of South Africa (JuPHASA) – a forum he hopes to grow and develop into a hub for constructive conversation and problem solving.
James is committed to a career in the field of public health and has particular interests in the establishment of firm Primary Health Care systems that are accessible and affordable to disenfranchised communities and is passionate about the potential for supporting local African solutions to the continent’s healthcare challenges.
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