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Senior official of the University of Pretoria receives a medicine award

Posted on 03 December 2008

Professor Ramaranka Mogotlane — Vice-Principal at the University of Pretoria has been presented with a medicine award by the South African Medical Association (SAMA). The award received by Prof Mogotlane is called the Spirit of Medicine Award.

According to SAMA, the award was presented to Prof Mogotlane for his selfless services to medicine without a view to material gain or pursuit of personal aggrandisement and pretension. He is also honoured for displaying by precept and example that medicine is a “calling” and to be of service in the name of the profession a special privilege.

Prof Mogotlane acknowledged the recognition that SAMA showed to him.

“This Award is humbling because I never thought that my efforts with education and training of health professionals in South Africa will be recognised. I dedicate the Award to my parents who (in my study days) gave me encouragement regularly when I was faltering. Their encouragement pushed me to where I am today,” he said.

Prof Mogotlane indicated that he is about to retire from the academic environment. He has been with the University of Pretoria as a Vice Principal since 2001.

“When I retire, I will be going back to school to study Family Medicine so that I can go and work in the deprived rural areas of our country especially Limpopo Province where I was born,” he added.

Professor Mogotlane was born in Zebediela in Limpopo Province. He studied medicine at the University of Natal. He was also trained as a surgeon in Glasgow and Edinburgh (in Scotland). Prof Mogotlane started his career in 1972 at the King Edward VIII Hospital. He has also been a lecturer, examiner and assessor at various institutions locally and internationally.


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