Stranded SA medical students finally on their way to Cuba
The group, which was stranded in Paris due to Hurricane Irma, is part of the SA-Cuba medical training programme.
JOHANNESBURG - A group of over 20 medical students stranded in Paris have confirmed they will fly out to Cuba on Tuesday afternoon after having spent two nights sleeping on the floor of Charles de Gaulle Airport.
The group is part of the SA-Cuba medical training programme.
They were returning to the Caribbean island on Saturday when they were told they could not proceed after flights were grounded due to unfavourable weather conditions caused by Hurricane Irma.
One of them, Phumuzile Thwala said: “We have had many struggles up until now for confirmation - which we just got - that the flight is confirmed and we’ll be headed to Cuba.”
Thwala says the group is relieved to finally be on their way to what they call a second home.
The North West Department of Health says it will offer support to the medical students.
The department says while they believe the matter could have been resolved sooner had they been informed earlier, they are relieved the students are now finally en route to Cuba.
Spokesperson Tebogo Lekgethwane said: “We will continue to monitor the situation because we understand that in Cuba there are problems of the hurricane. The intention is that from now on we should be able to engage with them to ensure that they have a safe landing.”