MAYOR OF DUNDEE LAUNCHES HEALTH TRAINING COLLEGE
By: Nqobile Msomi
Mayor James Mthethwa and Dr Siyathokoza Madela awarded 22 bursaries and launched a support health group project aimed at helping people in Dundee.
“If it was by our doing with programs such as these, we would take most of our budget and put it in education because the lifestyle in Umzinaythi cannot be changed without education,”
announced Mthethwa. “We need education in order to change the lifestyle of the people in Umzinaythi.”
Madela, who started the NGO Expectra 868 four years whilst he was doing his 4th year in medicine said, “We will conduct training for health workers, the training that they will
receive is at NQF Level 4 which will give them a certificate or diploma.”
He added that it will help students to apply for a Diploma in Primary Health Care Level 6.
Mthethwa said that the uMzinyathi Municipality sponsored most of the program.
He said that the course was accredited by the health department and is the only one in the Umzinyathi District.
Madela said that the course entails five modules which will be completed within a period of 12 months; practicals will be seven months, in which during that time students will be paid a
stipend of R1 300 to R 1 400.
One of the 22 students that received a bursary, Sinothando Mkhize said, “I feel very happy.
I think that everything is going to be a success and go very well.”
Mkhize added that she would like to go into nursing upon completing her course.
“This is not a chance for you to receive a stipend, but rather to develop yourself and be an ambassador in the district and everywhere you go,” highlighted Mthethwa.