Speaking during a farewell function of 126 medical bursary recipients of the South Africa-Cuba Medical Programme, held on Saturday in Mmabatho, Dr Tshepo Lekone reminded aspiring doctors that they will not only represent the North West province, but the country as a whole.
“I want you to see this as a privilege and you must treat it as such. I am a qualified medical doctor today because of hard work. I am proud today because of the opportunity I was given by this government.
“Today I am serving people of my province and I am expecting the same from you after completion of your studies to come back and serve the people of this beautiful province with pride,” said Lekone.
North West MEC for Health, Dr Magome Masike, told the beneficiaries to conduct themselves in a way that shows commitment to the programme.
“When you get to Cuba, do not forget where you come from. Once you have decided to enrol in this programme, it means you must be willing to sacrifice some of the things you are used to. I am confident that you are not going to disappoint us,” said Masike.