Media Statement
21 August 2020

All hands on deck as the Department of Health Recruits nearly 2400 interns in 2020

In the biggest medical intern allocation programme in history, 2 369 interns joined the health workforce in 2020.

In addition, a further 41 medical interns that studied abroad have passed their exams and are now being allocated in various provinces across the country.

The country will also soon welcome over 650 graduates from the Nelson Mandela Fidel Castro Cuba medical programme who will begin their reintegration programmes in preparation for their qualifications to practice in South Africa.

This phenomenal recruitment drive forms part of implementing the programmes that emanate from the resolutions of the Presidential Health Compact.

Says Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize: Human Resources for Health is the first pillar of the Presidential Health Compact. Its premier position amongst the nine pillars highlights the significance government places on strengthening and sustaining human resources for the health care sector. Without doctors, there is no health care system. I am extremely proud of the Department’s achievement to ensure that the South African medical fraternity continues to grow. Having met some of these bright young colleagues, I am always left inspired by their passion, enthusiasm and willingness to contribute not only to the fight against COVID-19 but also to the attainment of Universal Health Coverage.”

The provincial and military health allocations are detailed below:

Medical Interns Allocated to the 2020 Year Cycle:


Medical Interns Allocated in the 2020 Mid-Year Cycle.

For more information, contact:
Dr. Lwazi Manzi
MLO Ministry of Health
082 678 8979