Involvement in community affairs is an honoured tradition among South African medical practitioners.
An assessment is made of an initial experience of undergraduate and postgraduate preparation increasingly directed to priority areas in community health.
A brief outline is given of the impact of health services on plural development in the self-governing Black states of South Africa.
Industrial development in South Africa started after the discovery of diamonds and gold towards the end of the last century.
The official notifications of the Department of Health pertaining to typhoid fever, tuberculosis, poliomyelitis and malaria are reviewed.
One of the main functions of the Department of Health is to 'take steps for the promotion of a safe and healthy environment'.
The historical developments which led to the eventual promulgation of the Health Act of 1977 are enumerated.
Various implications for health education in relation to current approaches to community medicine are reviewed.