Dr Thozamile Qubuda grew up near Aliwal North in the North-Eastern Cape, in a tough environment where food was scarce, walking barefoot to school which was 30 kilometres away, and after school from the tender age of seven, working long hours tending sheep, cattle and pigs. Despite the challenges of having to cope under severe learning conditions, he received a Scholarship Award from the SA Council of Churches for best student in Mathematics and Science. This was the catalyst that propelled Thozamile on a distinguished academic journey, opening doors for him to study at various South African universities.
Thozamile holds a BCur degree in Health Education and Psychiatric Nursing from the University of Fort Hare, a Post-Graduate Diploma (Hons) in HIV/AIDS from the University of Stellenbosch, a Master of Philosophy (Cum Laude) degree from the University of Stellenbosch where he primarily focused on the management of HIV/AIDS in the world of work. He also qualified as a Doctor of Unani-Tibb Medicine at the University of the Western Cape. Thozamile completed his PhD studies in HIV/AIDS Management at the University of Stellenbosch and also lectured at Stellenbosch University for seven years, teaching the Post Graduate Diploma and MPhil in HIV/AIDS Management.
Dr Qubuda established the Africeutical Health Sciences in 2011, a Unani-Tibb practice specializing in chronic disease management to address the burden of chronic diseases using medicinal plants. A holistic approach to improving quality of health for all South Africans.
Thozamile’s compassion for people suffering with HIV and other dreaded diseases started in his early years when he felt deeply moved at the sight of mothers shedding tears as they watched their children dying. He values his role as a clinician and works tirelessly among suffering patients in the various communities of the Cape Peninsula and surrounds. His unwavering commitment to restoring health and wellness to the masses is gaining momentum through his popular talk show on community radio, Radio Zibonele 98.2 and Radio Umhlobo Wenene FM, reaching close to 5 million listeners.
Dr. Thozamile Qubuda is a key partner in Asanti Foundation working in conjunction with his colleagues, Venetia Kruger and Dr Julian Holmes. Thozamile’s humanity as a natural health practitioner lies in the sensitive and delicate way in which he treats each and very patient, with dignity, kindness and fairness.