Med­i­cal bur­saries look to health­ier fu­ture

Pretoria News - - NEWS - RAPULA MOAT­SHE rapula.moat­she@inl.co.za

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.

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