Shareefa Rahim hails from a small town on the North coast of KwaZulu-Natal called uTongaati.
Being the eldest of three children she assumed leadership qualities and a sense of responsibility at a very young age.
Always being encouraged by her parents, especially her tenacious mum, she graduated from high school at Fairbreeze Secondary school with distinctions.
Her pre-med qualification was an honours in the Bachelor of Medical Sciences at the University of Durban- Westville in 1998.
She then went on to do her medical degree at the University of the Witwatersrand in Gauteng.
Back in KZN after internship and community service, she started her postgraduate training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the Nelson R Mandela School of medicine under the auspices of Prof J. S . Bagratee and Prof Jack Moodley.
She was admitted into the Royal College of Obstetrician and Gynaecologist in June of 2012. After qualifying as a gynaecologist, she completed her Masters in Medicine. Her research paper focussed on respiratory diseases in pregnancy.
During this period of training Dr Rahim found the time and energy to have a family. She married Bilal, a warm, intelligent high school physics teacher. They have two beautiful sons. The boys in her life keep her well- grounded.
So not only is this health professional a well-read specialist, she also fulfils the role of a wife, mum, daughter and daughter in law, which allows her to relate to each and every client that walks through her doors.
“Giving birth and being born brings us into the essence of creation, where the human spirit is courageous and bold and the body, a miracle of wisdom.”
– Harriette Hartigan