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It is a pity that in this highly appreciated piece, there is no
mention of the doctor who began it. Dr Will Mapham graduated from the
University of Cape Town. He did his post-intern year as what we call a
community service doctor at Madwaleni Hospital in rural Transkei, part of
the Eastern Cape. By his enthusiasm and example he renewed the life of the
hospital and recruited badly needed doctors and other professionals, many
also graduates of UCT. He left Madwaleni in good hands, but it was from
his experience there that the seed and dynamic of Soul City grew. This is
my own somewhat hasty account which I want to put on record because of my
admiration, especially as a retired rural doctor myself, for him and
others of the present generation of young South African doctors.