Explore Limpopo’s wild beauty

Explore Limpopo’s wild beauty

“Limpopo South Africa is a wildlife destination with lots of game and nature reserves including the northern Kruger National Park. Apart from game viewing and birding, it is home to the remains of ancient cultures, steeped in myth and legend.”

This is how South African Tourism describes South Africa’s beautiful Limpopo province. South Africa’s rural areas offer a unique lifestyle and many tourist attractions to explore. In Capricorn in Limpopo, one of the districts AHP supports with the recruitment of local and foreign-qualified healthcare workers, there are countless exciting sites to visit.

Capricorn is home to the capital city of the province, Polokwane, meaning Place of Safety. Polokwane was one of the host cities during the Fifa 2010 World Cup. More than 1.2 million people live in the district and it is close to the borders of Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. For nature lovers, there are several game reserves in the area, including the world-renowned Kruger National Park, one of Africa’s largest game reserves. The province has approximately 50 game parks and reserves to enjoy.

Doctors can also visit the Modjadji Cycad Reserve outside Tzaneen. The reserve is named after the Modjadji or Rain Queen, the female leader of the Balobedu tribe, who is believed to have mystical powers to be able to control rainfall. The province is also home to a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mapungubwe. The Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape is situated on the southern banks of the Limpopo River and forms part of both the Vhembe/Dongola National Park as well as the Limpopo Transfrontier Park. Archaeologists believe that the iron ages sites of Mapungubwe were once the capitals of mighty African kings. According to the Limpopo Tourism Agency, “the significance of Mapungubwe and related sites was first realized in the 1930’s when graves with gold, iron artefacts, pottery and glass beads were found on top of the scared Mapungubwe Hill, the Hill of the Jackal. Extensive excavations were undertaken there before World War II”.

Enjoying the wonderful lifestyle in rural Limpopo is certainly not the only reason to consider going rural. Doctors can improve their clinical skills by working in a rural hospital. The generalist nature of the medical services required in rural hospitals provides doctors with excellent exposure to the full range of primary medical disciplines, including obstetrics and gynaecology, surgery, and internal medicine. In addition, they gain invaluable experience in the treatment of patients in advanced stages of diseases such as HIV/Aids, and exposure to emergency situations, including violent trauma and birth complications, which often are not prevalent in their home countries.

Zebediela District Hospital in Capricorn offers doctors an opportunity to gain unparalleled clinical experience. It is a 74-bed hospital. The hospital is approximately an hour’s drive south of Polokwane, Limpopo’s capital city.  It is 30 minutes outside Zebediela, a group of villages well known for the production of citrus fruits. The area is also home to the Zebediela Citrus Estate, one of the largest citrus estates in South Africa.

According to hospital CEO Dr Tseke Masemola, who has been working at the facility for a decade, the most common conditions treated at the hospital include HIV, TB, high blood pressure, diabetes and assaults and injuries. Before Masemola joined the facility 10 years ago, they were struggling with only four doctors. The facility now has 11 doctors, including three who are doing their community service year. The Community Service Officers tend to stay on at the facility after they finish their year of service. According to Masemola, the hospital strives to retain its doctors. Teamwork, continuous development and training are key to keep the facility’s staff motivated, he said.

If you are interested in working in Capricorn please contact our Recruitment Team at placements@ahp.org.za

Source: South African Tourism