‘Newcastle is a fast-growing centre and I like the fact it doesn’t only remind me of home but also feels like home,’ says Mr Lunganathi Hose, who is currently doing his Physiotherapy community service at Madadeni Hospital in the town.
Hose fell in love with the area when he did Decentralised Clinical Training (DCT) programme stints at Newcastle and Madadeni hospitals during his undergraduate years.
Hose, who graduated last year, said community service gave him the opportunity to work hands on with the people and professionals before qualifying.
‘My DCT programme experience was very rewarding,’ he said. ‘My best memory was doing a community project at Asimuthande School in Newcastle. They invented an indoor game for the blind learners called “go ball” which involved playing catch with a ball that had sound and players had to follow the sound to catch it.
‘We also did a play for the learners and they sang for us.’
Hose plans to return to UKZN to complete his master’s degree.
Words: Nombuso Dlamini