TO: ALL MEDIA
DATE: 12 JANUARY 2012
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Media Alert: MEC Dhlomo to meet parents about the new Cuba Programme The KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Health Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo will be meeting parents
of students who want to study medicine but have not found spaces in South
Last week the MEC announced that the Provincial government has reached an
agreement with the Cuban Government to extend the number of student intakes for
South African medical students. Currently the department supports students from
very poor backgrounds with full bursaries to study medicine in Cuba through the
South Africa- Cuba Joint Academic Programme which has been in existence for the
past 15 years.
To date more than 150 students from KwaZulu-Natal have graduated through this
programme and currently there are 70 students in Cuban Universities.
The MEC will meet parents from Ugu (Port Shepstone areas) and Sisonke
(uMzimkhulu areas) tomorrow (Friday, 13 January 2012) at the Kokstad Town Hall
at 14h00. The MEC is meeting parents from Uthukela, Amajuba and Vryheid area at
Ladysmith Town Hall today at 16h00.
Through this programme the MEC is targeting students whose parents can pay for
the tuition fees and the Department will provide support in areas such as
flights, stationery and living allowance.
“The media reports on the long queues in Universities while we are in desperate
need of healthcare workers, especially doctors, are a concern to us. So, I am
meeting parents to engage them on the extended arrangement with our Cuban
friends. It is our hope that parents will support the programme and a sizable
group will start their training in February 2012,”explains the MEC.
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH: KWAZULU-NATAL
083 447 2869
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