Four students on their way to become doctors

Tovhowani Mulovhedzi, Risuna Rivombo, Maggie Ramela and Masana Baloyi received bursaries to study medicine. Photo: Mari Rheeder.

Empowerment of women took a step further when four students received full bursaries to study medicine.

Masana Baloyi (22) a student at Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences university, Tovhowani Mulovhedzi (17), Risuna Rivombo (18) and Maggie Ramela (23), who are students at the University of Pretoria, received grants from the AfriCentric Group.

AfroCentric Group is listed in the healthcare sector of the JSE Securities Exchange, and focuses on health administration, health risk management, wellness and disease management.

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Senior manager of group branding and communications of AfroCentric, Kabelo Letebele, said during the hand over ceremony on Wednesday at UP’s health sciences faculty in Gezina, his company saw a gap in the health sector which they decided to fill by granting the bursaries to the four women students.

The company’s Grace Khoza said in 2013 there were just 25 state doctors and 92 private doctors per 100 000 people in South Africa.

“We are committed to contributing to the development of the healthcare sector by supporting private-public partnerships,” she said.

“By awarding these bursaries, we want to give credit to these dedicated young aspiring doctors for their excellent work and help them get their careers off the ground.”

The bursaries are worth almost R1 million and will go towards tuition fees, accommodation, laptops and other needs.

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Khoza spoke to the young students who were overcome by emotion: “Believe in yourself, have faith and you will be able to succeed no matter what life brings your way. Have confidence and believe in your ability to accomplish things that others consider difficult or impossible to achieve.”

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She said the criteria applied to select the bursary recipients was academic excellence and the financial need of students.

Baloyi could not stop her tears when she received her laptop. “This will help me follow my dreams.”

Mulovhedzi said on behalf of the students: “Education is key to 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.”

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