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Many rural hospitals are willing to take health sciences students for elective attachments. Usually preference is given to South African students, but it is important to book places well in advance, as places are often limited.

There are a number of places to find out useful information about hospitals. RuDASA is in the process of creating a database of rural hospitals in South Africa, which have indicated that they are willing to take elective students, particularly South African elective students. Below are details of just a few hospitals that have thus far requested to be listed on this site. Students are advised to contact them directly. RuDASA does not take responsibility for the accuracy of the information provided, which is supplied by the hospitals themselves.

International students wishing to do an elective in rural medicine in South Africa are encouraged to visit the Rural Electives website at University of Witwatersrand, Division of Rural Health in the Faculty of Health Sciences or contact Prof Ian Couper ( for assistance.

Click on the different provinces on the map to view a list of hospitals.
KwaZulu Natal Limpopo Province Mpumalanga Western Cape Swaziland Eastern Cape North West Province

Should you be willing to host and mentor students wishing to do rural electives at your hospital, please fill in the hospital information form and fax it to 086 618 6037 or contact Angela Smith ( for more details.

The KwaZuluNatal Department of Health has an online hospital tour of its provincial hospitals, with maps. Go to (all state hospitals in the province are listed.)

The University of the Witwatersrand Faculty of Health Sciences Electives Office offers a service particularly for overseas elective students. Go to, click on "students - electives."

The Christian Medical Fellowship in South Africa also offers some
assistance with finding appropriate hospitals for electives for Christian
students. CMF can be contacted at