GO! People- Dr Robyn Spring

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DR ROBYN SPRING

Q: Occupation?

A: Obstetrician and gynaecologist; owner of Salut Deli.

Q: What motivates you to achieve more in life?

A: A lot of my drive is altruistic – I believe that the women of the Eastern Cape deserve more.

As a young doctor working in the rural parts of the Transkei, I was touched by the lives of my patients, especially the women, who remain the caretakers of their families and are responsible for so much under difficult circumstances.

I decided to specialise as an obstetrician and gynaecologist (OBGYN), so I could make a difference in the lives of the women of the Eastern Cape.

I love the community I live in and I remain invested here, because I believe we live in an undiscovered paradise!

I now have a beautiful daughter, Thandi, who will be six years-old this year, and I want her to see that anything to which she applies her mind, is achievable – be it to run a marathon, open a shop, become a professional – and that the sky really is her only limit.

I was really blessed to have had this same lesson taught to me by my parents – Errol and Dawn Spring – and by the Clarendon schools as I grew up.

Q: What keeps you grounded?

A: I am humbled by my interactions with patients from whom I learn something about myself virtually every day. I am also blessed with being able to interact on a daily basis with wonderful colleagues and staff.

My family are very important to me – there is nothing like two big brothers to keep reminding you of your position as the baby sister! My husband, Charles Bosman, is my shoulder and my rock. Without him, a lot of the balls I juggle would fall out of the sky!

Q: What is your motto in life?

A: In the end, everything will be okay and if it’s not okay, it’s not the end.

And then one attributed to Winston Churchill: “If you are going through hell, keep going!”

Q: What are you currently reading and why?

A: A delightful novel by Hannah Rothschild, titled The Improbability of Love. I read novels for an escape from reality. I also have a medical journal, a cooking magazine and the latest edition of Runner’s World on my bedside table – covering all my interests.

Q: What do you value most?

A: Honesty, kindness and loyalty.

Q: What would you like to see change in our country?

A: I would love to see a return to family values, where we are taught to respect ourselves and thus respect others. A little bit of self-discipline and integrity would also go a long way in seeing our society start to improve.

Q: What is your favourite family destination in East London?

A: Nahoon Beach – we are so spoilt with the beaches we have in East London. I often get to run on the beach, and we spend some time every weekend on the beach with our daughter.

Q: Where is your favourite place to eat in East London?

A: Sanook Eatery and Cafe are my favourites – after my own kitchen.

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