Introducing Themba Bakaqana
I was born and raised in Cape Town, in a township called Langa. I come from a finance and client services background, having previously worked for a number of banks and now for a Medical Aid company. I’ve always loved interacting with people, and I’m grateful that my work allows me to do so on a daily basis.
I was fortunate enough to cross paths with SABMR last year, and I immediately fell in love with the vision and purpose of the organisation: to make a difference in our country, and even globally, by giving people a second chance at life. I don’t think there is anything more fulfilling than saving someone else’s life, especially in the times we live in, where people across the entire globe are losing loved ones too quickly, and too soon.
When we think about cancer, we mostly thing about things like sickness, suffering, and loss of life—but we rarely think about the victories and second chances made possible by organisations like the SABMR. When I started work as an outbound call centre agent at SABMR for three months in 2020, I recognised that, for the staff and even senior management at the Registry, this is not just a job, but a purpose—a career that changes their lives almost as much as the patients they help.
My admiration for the Registry continued to grow, so I made a point of not losing contact with the SABMR after my project ended, in hopes of continuing my work with them someday. That’s why I’m so excited to be here with you now, so that I can share the Registry’s important work—and stories of the lives they’ve changed—with you. Follow along as I tell stories of selflessness and survival: of donors dropping everything to save a stranger, of patients in the fight for their lives, of parents holding their children’s hands through harrowing medical journeys, and of the transplant physicians and Registry workers that help make saving lives possible.
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I hope you’ll take this journey with me and enjoy these breathtaking stories as much as I have.