The first of its kind and the first in history. South African Development Community University of African Medicine is set to open its doors in Malamulele, Giyane, in Limpopo Province.
The Free State-based national Spokesperson of this projected University, Dr Sefadi Mohami, said the establishment of the University is the full recognition of the importance of Traditional medicine and will value the critical role being played by the traditional doctors.
According to Mohami the envisaged University has already passed the audit and met the requirements as demanded by the International Accreditation Organization (soon to be awarded with the Accreditation Certificate to confer formal qualifications).
He said the University is the brainchild of the SADC Unified Ancestors Traditional Practitioner Association founded by Prof Mbaimbai Hlati in 2012.
While the preparations are at an advanced stage for the university’s first intake for contact learning, work has been already underway with distance learning and workshops.
“The establishment of the university is the cornerstone in the future of African medicine, being the first of its kind in history it will also help to deal with the wrong perception many people have about traditional doctors/healers and the role they are playing in our societies.
“Work has been underway for the university with distance learning and workshops being conducted on regular basis and we are expecting the university to make its first intake at the beginning of the next year” said Mohami.
The university held its first graduations on the 4th March this year for as they celebrated the dedication, hard work and also the awakening of a brighter Africa. The graduations were for those who had enrolled for distance learning and workshops.
According to Dr Mohami who is also a traditional healer based in Refengkgotso, Deneysville, in the Free State, the university is in partnership with the Christ the Lamb Theological Seminar founded by Prof Jabulani Mdlalose based in Kwazulu Natal and other overseas colleges.
The university is offering courses in Pseudoscientific, African Medicine, Biblical Studies, Religious and Theological Studies.
“The university ‘s admission structure helps in identifying suitable students while some are identified through workshops, and it also applies Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), which considers those who have long being in the industry and did not get the opportunity to study due to various circumstances. The university is also helping young traditional healers who didn’t manage to finish school as they had to adhere to their calling”. “This university will most importantly help healers and doctors to adhere to r