n South African Medical Journal - Medunsa's rebirth would do well to start with a truth and reconciliation process

Volume 101, Issue 8
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



In 2005 during Minister Kader Asmal's sweeping reconfiguration of the higher education system, the Medical University of Southern Africa (Medunsa) was merged with the University of the North, located some 300 plus km away, to form the University of Limpopo (UL). At the time, there was talk - patently nonsensical - of relocating Medunsa lock, stock and barrel to Polokwane. The merger raised many eyebrows, and was widely seen as irrational and ill-conceived. Indeed, the arranged marriage proved to be extremely difficult with too many irreconcilable differences.

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