Medical bursaries look to healthier future
EXCELLENCE was rewarded when 17-year-old Tovhowani Mulovhedzi, who scored an average of 95% in matric last year, was awarded a full bursary to study medicine at the University of Pretoria.
Mulovhedzi, who completed her matric at Thohoyandou Secondary School in Limpopo, expressed gratitude to AfroCentric Group for her bursary.
“Education is key in achieving true economic emancipation. Advancement in the health sector will hopefully be achieved if the youth, particularly from the poorer communities, have the means to improve their prospects,” Mulovhedzi said.
Bursaries were also awarded to Risuna Rivombo, 18, who attended Tshikhevha Christian School in Vuwani and Maggie Ramela, 23, from Taxila High School in Polokwane. They are studying towards an MBChB degree.
The bursary will cover their accommodation, tuition, laptops and 3G cards, as well as provide a monthly stipend.Deputy dean at Tuks’s Education Faculty of Health Sciences Professor Di Manning said: “We are grateful that AfroCentric has a vision and commitment to invest in young black female students. We need more companies to invest in the future of this country to ensure quality healthcare in the country.”
AfroCentric Group executive director Grace Khoza said: “We look forward to their contributions in making healthcare more sustainable.”
Khoza said there were just 25 state doctors and 92 private sector doctors per 100 000 people in South Africa in 2013. “The standard practice is that people visit their general practitioner three times a year. If this was done locally, there would be a shortage of 4 100 doctors in the country,” she said.
Grace Khoza of AfroCentric, Maggie Ramela, Risuna Rivombo, Prof Mike Sethakge, Prof Di Manning and Tovhowani Mulovhedzi at Tuks.