Born and raised in Qwaqwa, Free State, Dr. Kometsi Mokuele has been in dentistry for over 23 years, having spent 17 of those years practicing in the townships of Phuthaditjhaba (Qwaqwa) & Heidedal (Bloemfontein).
In search of better opportunities, he then moved to Northern suburbs of Joburg (Bryanston & Fourways) where he has been practicing for the last 6 plus years.
Mokuele was inspired to study dentistry in the early 1990s when he identified a need for social-oriented private dental services in Qwaqwa. He then went on to open Sunset Dentistry (PTY) Ltd and he is also the managing partner at Dr. KP Mokuele Inc.
” One of the biggest challenges in our industry is the capital. Capital to set up the business – Equipment is always expensive because it’s imported – money to hire staff and we always need a lot of space to practice properly. We also have to look at the fact that this is all to help our communities, we can’t really charge our patients insane prices, and as a result, we drop the prices so much that we sometimes find ourselves in financial crisis but we have the bigger picture in mind which is bringing services to our community,” said Dr. Mukuele.
” We have decided to open a branch in Soweto in order to spread our wings and spread the smile, bring about our services to our people as our practices are going to be structured to accommodate the less fortunate in several ways. Not only that but we would like to create jobs and absorb the many professionals who qualify from universities and end up jobless. We would like to be part of the solution in the scourge of joblessness in our country,” he said.
Sunset Dentistry is also looking into getting in schools to have school oral health and identify problems faced by young people as well as finding ways to sort them out. Their emphasis will be on prevention to try and arrest problems before they occur.
” Dentistry is difficult but the rewards can be satisfying. It is a huge financial risk and it can be very rewarding later on, it is very demanding emotionally and physically. It is also a scarce skill and that almost guarantees long term career security. We have a young lady Oral Hygienist and a Dental Therapist who will be working at the Soweto practice with the support of all the specialists and dentists we have. Township dentistry will never be the same again, as we intend to spread the smiles across the length and breadth of South Africa ” Dr. Mokuele concluded.
By: Bradley Brizzy -@Bradley_brizzy