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Change of time in the Welcome Ceremony for the returning Cuban-trained medical students at the OR Tambo International Airport

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Due to unforeseeable flight delays, Deputy President David Mabuza will now welcome and address the 260 Cuban-trained medical students who are returning to South Africa at 18:00 this evening, 7 July 2018, at a reception ceremony at the OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg.
Deputy President Mabuza is the Chairperson of the Human Resource Development Council of South Africa , which looks into issues of human capital and skills development in the country. The return of these students adds to the much needed pool of qualified doctors that will contribute to a better health for the country and its population.
These students will complete their final sixth-year studies and integration into the South African health system, as part of the Nelson Mandela Fidel Castro (NMFC) medical collaboration programme of the Department of Health.
Deputy President Mabuza will be accompanied by the Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi and other senior government officials and Cuban Ambassador in South Africa, Mr Rodolfo Benites Version. South Africa and Cuba have maintained longstanding diplomatic relations since 1994 that resulted in various bilateral agreements on public health including the training of South African medical students in Cuba to sustain the health system.
The details of the reception ceremony are now as follows:
Date: Saturday, 7 July 2018
Time: 18h00
Venue: OR Tambo International Airport – Jones Road Hangar SAA Technical, opposite Emperors Palace
For RSVP, members of the media should send their names ID/Passport numbers to Khutjo Sebata on or 079 898 4621. Members of the media are also requested to present their valid press cards at the point of entry to access the venue.
Media enquiries: Thami Ngwenya on 082 428 4263 or
Issued by: The Presidency