SOUTH AFRICA HONOURS FIDEL CASTRO AND CHE GUEVARA

Two buildings belonging to the Health Department in the South African province of Limpopo will have the names of the leader of the Cuban Revolution Fidel Castro and the legendary guerrilla Ernesto Che Guevara.

The initiative of the South African government was made in the context of the May 20-25 official visit of Cuba’s First Deputy Minister Marcelino Medina, reported Prensa Latina News Agency.

South African Health Minister, Dr. Phophi Ramathuba expressed that this “is a permanent reminder of Fidel’s struggle in favor of South Africa”.

She added that a “building that was named after Fidel is a way of defining our policy” in what we want to achieve regarding health assistance.

The official emphasized her aspiration that human values that personified Che Guevara as a doctor and revolutionary is reflected in the daily work of the health professionals.

The Health Minister, who was moved when recalling two decades of the beginning of Cuba’s cooperation with South Africa, explained that currently there are 56 Cuban specialists in the rural areas of Limpopo.

She said that one of the major impacts of this cooperation is observing how children of the country’s poorest families are graduating as physicians thanks to Cuba’s assistance.

Ramathuba requested “for Cuba to help us eradicate the colonialism of illnesses as it did in the fight against apartheid”.

Within its immediate plans, Limpopo is constructing a school of medicine, said the Minister.

Meanwhile, the Cuban First Deputy Foreign Minister reiterated that Cuba will always offer its solidarity as an obligation to humanity.

He said that Cuba always had a debt to Africa. The Cuban official added that South Africa “is a priority for the island due to what it represents to the world and the continent” and referred to the special relationship that united Fidel and Madiba (Nelson Mandela).

Medina arrived in Pretoria on May 20 to participate in the 13th session of the Cuba-South Africa Mechanism and Consultation policies held on May 24.

The Cuban delegation’s visit to South Africa was also to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the beginning of bilateral cooperation marked by the arrival of the first group of Cuban doctors in February of 1996.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK