Targeting students just out of nursing school, the hospitals believe South African staff will have an advantage in language skills, as Afrikaans is related to Dutch.
These two worlds would not clash until about 1770, by which time Afrikaans farmers, or Boers, had begun to trek eastwards to escape the monopolistic clutches of the East India Company.
There are also some 13,000 persons of Asian descent in South Africa who speak Afrikaans as their native language.
Everyone can contribute, but primarily it's the musings of the founding members who tell their stories to the Afrikaans massive.
An anonymous Afrikaans poem, ‘Die Arme Boer’ (The Poor Boer), published in 1885, captured their helplessness.
They had persuaded her to read to them out of her Afrikaans bible, which she now did often, choosing familiar passages so they could compare it with an English bible.
Some former Afrikaans universities increased their black students' intake through this type of partnership, thereby claiming to be meeting imperatives of transformation.
Isn't there an Afrikaans word that means the same thing?
Apart from its Afrikaans members, the church also has 130 English members.
As something distinct from the Dutch of Holland, with all the classic features so typical of Afrikaans today, Cape Dutch is believed to have come into being by the middle of the 18th century.