Alumnae Profiles

Thuthula Balfour

I am a qualified medical doctor and public health medicine specialist with an MBA, currently the Head of Health at the Minerals Council South Africa.

I have a wealth of management experience that spans 23 years, 17 of which have been at a strategic level. The experience was gained in varied settings across the public and private sectors. My key strengths lie in strategic leadership and analysis, advocacy and lobbying, project and financial management and stakeholder management. I am an advocate for health and safety.

I schooled at Inanda Seminary from 1976 -1980. Inanda Seminary has a very dear place in my heart. It gave us the freedom to develop to be our authentic selves. It also opened our eyes to the political situation in our country in the 1970s. No school can boast having hosted the Rev Jesse Jackson, as Inanda did. Its library was the best and I was a frequent visitor to it. As an avid reader I amassed knowledge to the extent that I represented KwaZulu in the Science Olympiad in London. The book I read there which had a lasting impact on me was Indaba, My Children by the late Credo Mutwa. It opened my eyes to traditional African belief systems which should take a proud place among all other belief systems. I represented my house, Aggrey in athletics and also loved academics. We had a great maths teacher, Miss Gunn, who transformed performance and the love of maths. One of my aha moments was that mathematics was easy if you practise it daily.

I went on to study medicine at the University of Natal and my class produced more than ten doctors. I specialised in Public Health Medicine and the class has also produced the first African female surgeon, a dermatologist, a paediatrician and occupational health specialists, among other specialities. A number of my classmates went on to obtain doctorates in fields including chemistry and microbiology.  

I wish all the best for my school and for its students to Shine Where They Are. 

Her motto is “be the best that you can be” and she credits Inanda Seminary for the values she holds.