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Pumza Fihlani –BBC News – Tuesday, 07 May 2013 (originally published 06 May)

Thabiso Siswana says she "succumbed" to be trained as a sangoma last year, after years of evading her "calling". Image: BBC

Thabiso Siswana says she “succumbed” to be trained as a sangoma last year, after years of evading her “calling”. Image: BBC

She lets out a piercing cry, her body starts shaking violently, her hands are clapping to the rhythm of large African drums – she is calling out to her ancestors. Thabiso Siswana is a traditional healer, known in South Africa as a sangoma.

The 24 year old is not your typical sangoma though – she is also a corporate administrator at Bidvest Bank, one of South Africa’s best known and most prestigious institutions and has dreams of becoming a successful businesswoman.

“When I tell people that I am a sangoma they always react with shock. They say: ‘How? You don’t even look like one’. There are still many misconceptions about how we should look,” she says with a broad smile . . .

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