Congratulations to FMHS alumni couple, Drs Helene-Mari van der Westhuizen and Koot Kotze, who both have been awarded coveted Rhodes bursaries to further their studies at Oxford University in the UK.
Drs Helene-Mari van der Westhuizen and Koot Kotze are no strangers to the personnel and student community of Stellenbosch University’s (SU) Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (FMHS). Although both of them obtained their MB,ChB degrees cum laude in 2015, their legacy is still visible. Kotze helped to establish the Meerenhof men’s serenade group, and Van der Westhuizen established the Medical Orchestra. They were cofounders of the non-governmental organisation TB Proof and were closely involved with the Safer Work Hours campaign. Van der Westhuizen received the Dean’s Award for Leadership in 2015 and Kotze the Chancellor’s Medal. This power couple are married and form a formidable research team. They have co-written two articles that were published in international journals.
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