Paul Zyl Obituary, Death – Since Dr. Paul van Zyl went unexpectedly owing to a serious cardiac attack a month ago, the profession of medicine has been left without a towering figure. Dr. Paul was a man of many accomplishments; he was brilliant, well educated, and skillful; but, the qualities of kindness and dedication that he possessed shone out even more. On May 29, 1946, Paul was welcomed into the world in Krugersdorp. Because his father passed away when he was only four years old, his upbringing was incredibly challenging to say the least. Because of this, his mother was responsible for taking care of him along with his two elder brothers on her own in addition to the fact that she had to work two jobs.
Paul’s childhood was the kind that fostered a strong work ethic in him, which served him well as he got older and helped him achieve a great deal of success in a variety of spheres, including academics as well as athletics. His life partner, Denice Keyter, claims that Paul was an intelligent student who thrived in the classroom and achieved great success. He received his Bachelor of Forestry Science degree from Stellenbosch University in 1967, where he received a distinction for his work. In the same year that he graduated high school, he was presented with the opportunity to accept a scholarship to study at Yale University in the United States of America; however, he turned down the chance in favor of accepting the scholarship. He was offered a professional contract to play rugby with Western Province. In 1969, he graduated with a Master of Forestry Science degree from that institution.
After returning to South Africa in 1970, he spent that year and a half serving in the Parachute Battalion of what was then known as the South African Army. This position is commonly referred to as a “Parabat.” After that, in 1972, he decided to pursue a career in medicine, and he earned his Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery degree (MBChB) from Wits University in 1977. It was there that he discovered his genuine passion for medicine. Paul would spend 15 years working at the Krugersdorp Hospital, which is now known as the Dr. Yusuf Dadoo Hospital. During that time, he would earn the respect and affection of a large number of patients, fellow nurses, and doctors.