Deputy President David Mabuza has welcomed 260 students who returned Saturday from studying medicine in Cuba. The reception is being held at the OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg.

The scholarships were part of the Bi-National Agreement between South Africa and Cuba signed by the late President Nelson Mandela and President Fidel Castro aimed at focusing on the shortage of doctors in South Africa.

It is one of the national strategies developed to strengthen the public health sector.

The parents and relatives of the students were anxiously awaiting their arrival.