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Inside/out with Sr. Magna Kurangwa, ARC, Parirenyatwa Hospital
July 17, 2009

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Describe yourself in five words?
Registered nurse, counsellor, clinic manager.

What's the best piece of advice you've ever received?
To work hard and be determined and you will succeed.

What's the most ridiculous thing you've ever done?
When I was a student nurse we used to like partying. One time a friend and I just decided to take off to a party and we didn't tell the matrons or anybody. When we came back on the Monday, we spent the weekend there, I had to lie that I had gone to Scotland to see a friend who was ill. And they wanted to know the name of the Hospital, so that they could check, because they suspected that we were lying.

What is your most treasured possession?
I think it's my family. I don't know if I can call them a possession.

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Losing a loved one, like a child, your parents, or your husband.

Do you have any strange hobbies?
Strange hobbies . . . not really no. I think mine are quite normal.

What do you dislike most about your appearance?
I wish I had bigger legs, my legs are very skinny. And I wish I had nice teeth.

What is your greatest extravagance?
I like nice things, you know, nice clothes, nice perfumes, nice food.

What have you got in your fridge?
I've got meat. Vegetables, cheese, eggs, you know, things like that.

What is your greatest fear?
To wake up one day and see that I haven't got a family anymore especially my son that I live with. Also my mum, she's 83, and I wish she could be there forever and ever.

What have you got in your pockets right now?
I haven't got any pockets at the moment. But normally, like now I have a flu, I'll have tissues, maybe cough drops and my phone and my pens.

What is your favourite journey?
I like travelling by air. I would like to go somewhere where it's nice and sunny. I haven't been to the West Indies, to Mauritius, a nice warm place like that; that would be nice. Even Australia, I think the weather is good there.

Who are your heroes in real life?
My heroes in real life are people who have made it in life, who are of good character - there are a few that I admire. You won't know them but there's a lady that we go to church with. She inspires me in a lot of ways, that is Mrs. Mushonga, and Caroline Marangwanda. I admire them very much. Caroline Marangwanda lost her husband some years ago, but she's managed to bring up her children who are very well mannered, who are doing well, who are well disciplined. I enjoy her home. It's well organised and clean. She inspires me a lot.

When and where were you happiest?
I am most happy in my country in Zimbabwe, meeting with family, meeting with friends. That makes me happy.

What's your biggest vice?
I think I'm quite a normal person; I don't do things to the extreme. What I like is a nice sponge cake, without a lot of cream, and a cup of tea, especially on a cold morning like this. I really enjoy that.

What were you like at school?
People say I was very hardworking; I was a very keen student. Used to enjoy sport and debates.

What are you doing next?
I think I'll be here at ARC - for the next few years!

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