Featured - August 11, 2016
Brains and beauty have seen Dhiveja Sundrum (now Smith) enjoy success in a number of diverse fields.
A stellar achiever at school, Dhiveja matriculated from Crawford College Durban (where she was Head Girl) with six distinctions. She pursued her interest in medicine at the University of Cape Town.
However, her life took a different direction at university, thanks to her appointment as Social Planner of her residence. With her duties including arranging events and fashion shows, she easily slotted into the world of glamour, and in 2004 entered – and won – Miss Cape Peninsula.
That was just the beginning. That same year, she was crowned First Princess in the Miss South Africa pageant, going on to compete in Miss World in 2005, where she came in the top 15 of the World and the top 2 on the African continent.
Back home, Dhiveja used the flair and finesse she had acquired through her participation in pageants to launch a successful career as a presenter, working for such prestigious lifestyle programmes as Top Billing and Eastern Mosaic. Her medical training made her an obvious choice for the series, Hello! Doctor. She also worked as a philanthropist, representing Feed our Nation, an initiative of the Starfish Great Hearts Foundation, as spokesperson.
Dhiveja had gained corporate experience working for Kaelo Brand and Cause Communications, a consultancy focusing on CSI projects that she joined after graduating. Using the exposure gleaned here, Dhiveja joined Kraft Foods/Cadburys as a senior public relations consultant.
Exploring yet another avenue, Dhiveja later earned an International Chef Certificate, and proved herself as an entrepreneur by opening Djeva’s Home Cooking; a company that hosts informal Indian cuisine cooking lessons. “I bring the ingredients and take over the host’s kitchen for a night!”
In 2012 she married her handsome fiancé Mark Smith in a high profile ceremony.
She’s now turned her career full circle by practising as a medical doctor.