The youngsters, who are leaving the country this month, were selected based on their Grade 12 performance and financial status, among other requirements. They will return to the province after six years to make a difference in provincial hospitals and clinics.
The course comprises of one year of Spanish and foundation courses; five years of medical studies and thereafter two years of medical study at a South African University to complete a degree in medicine.
Gauteng Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu will today meet the students at Johannesburg City Hall to bid them farewell, give words of encouragement and offer them support.
Currently, South Africa has 2 074 students from rural areas and disadvantaged backgrounds studying medicine in Cuba.