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nursing thumb medium90 93SowetanLive reports that about 700 nursing candidates who cannot afford fees this year at Gauteng colleges will be left out in the cold.  

On Wednesday, Democratic Nursing Organisation of SA (Denosa) president Simon Hlungwani said they had received complaints from distressed candidates who qualified for the four-year nursing diploma.  Candidates had applied to various institutions including Ann Latsky, Chris Hani Baragwanath and SG Lourens nursing colleges, but they were informed there would be no intake for this year despite their completion of the selection process.  Lerato Gova from the Young Nurses Indaba Trade Union said some candidates who went through psychometric tests, interviews and medical screening forfeited other opportunities because they had passed all the requirements for the nurse course and were looking forward to begin studying and training as nurses.  Gova said unions would push to meet with health MEC Gwen Ramokgopa to try and resolve the matter.  A provincial spokesperson indicated that colleges would only admit first-year students with external bursaries or those who could afford to pay the fees themselves as the province could not afford the R57m required to fund first year students.  They would continue to fund second, third and fourth year students

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