Safiya Vachiat

Medical officer, Chris Baragwanath Hospital

Working in a public hospital is a gruelling job, but Safiya Vachiat loves it. She's surrounded by her passion � kids � every day at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, where she works as a medical officer in the paediatric surgery department. The hours are exhausting, the pay is bad and the hospital has its fair share of horror stories, but Vachiat can't imagine doing anything else. She admits to sleeping more nights at the hospital than in her own bedroom, which made her a deserving winner of the Intern of the Year award at Bara in 2007. � Qudsiya Karrim

Lunch spot: 2Go, Fordsburg, Johannesburg