Rural Doctor of the Year 2022

Dr Craig Parker


Eastern Cape

Dr Craig Parker did not start his medicine career early on, he took a few side roads: from 1993 working in mechanical engineering at mines in South Africa and Zambia, then a degree in physiology through UNISA. Family life also took over and it was only in 2011 he decided to follow his dream and applied to the GEMP program at WITS.

After 2 years of internship at Frere, Craig was placed at Victoria hospital in Alice for community service. During the week he stayed in Hogsback, commuting back h...

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2003: Dr Victor Fredlund, from Mseleni Hospital in northern KwaZulu-Natal

2004: Dr Hermann Reuter, from MSF in Lusikisiki in the Eastern Cape

2005: Dr Nigel Hoffman from Rietvlei Hospital in the Eastern Cape

2006: Dr Vanga Siwisa from Taung, North West Province

2007: Dr Gert Marincowitz from Tzaneen, Limpopo Province

2008: Dr Munyadziwa Kwinda, from Donald Fraser Hospital, Limpopo Province

2009: Dr JJ Ogole from Piet Retief Hospital, Mpumalanga

Press Statements

Dr Jenny Nash, a previous Award winner
by Sulaiman Philip

Its a 140km round trip to the furthest of the five clinics in rural Eastern Capes Amahlathi Municipality for Dr Jennifer Nash. This years Rural Doctor of the Year uses the time to think, to relax, to chill. She sounds chipper as she talks: It's my alone time. I have 20 minutes of radio reception, and then its me and the beautiful scenery.

23 October 2014