South Africa: Where Have We Been?

  • R. Eric Hodgson
  • Timothy C. Hardcastle


The cultural and economic diversity of South Africa as a country has been overshadowed in 2010 by the shared goal of hosting a major world sporting event: the FIFA 2010 Football (Soccer) World Cup. However, in the aftermath of the Football World Cup these differences were brought starkly back into focus by a series of crippling strikes, including a strike by the majority of nurses and a number of doctors in the state health sector. The Football World Cup and the nursing strike contrast the tremendous progress with the long way still to go in the process of reversing the 30-year legacy of apartheid on the background of 300 years of European colonisation and destruction of indigenous African culture.


South Africa Healthcare resources Triage History of CCM in South Africa 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Anaesthesia and Critical CareAddington HospitalEthekwini-DurbanSouth Africa
  2. 2.Department of Anaesthesia, Critical Care, and Pain Management, Nelson R Mandela School of MedicineUniversity of KwaZulu-NatalEthekwini-DurbanSouth Africa
  3. 3.Department of Surgery, Nelson R Mandela School of MedicineUniversity of KwaZulu-NatalEthekwini-DurbanSouth Africa

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