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Residents of Doornkop, Soweto, can look forward to a larger and modernised facility capable of accommodating larger volumes of patients and providing a wider range of services in February 2020.

The Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA), on behalf of the City of Johannesburg, has been coordinating the construction of R400 million Bophelong Clinic, a new 1 790m² modern clinic, which is another testament to the City’s drive to provide healthcare facilities within a 5km radius of all communities. 

Nkomaba Trading and Projects was appointed as the main contractor for the construction of the clinic and it has been on site since March. 

This construction is also playing a role in job creation and skills development, with 30% of the contract value being awarded to SMMEs in Ward 50, and the appointment and training of local labourers from the same ward.

Ongoing construction work consists of the demolition of existing structures, building new foundations, diggings, brickwork, plastering, tiling, installing ceilings, painting and paving of the road and walkways. 

“The completion of Bophelong Clinic will contribute to the administration’s commitment to an extended and integrated service delivery strategy in primary health care facilities,” said Member of Mayoral Committee for Health and Social Development Cllr Mpho Phalatse.

Once completed, Bophelong Clinic will feature a 200-seat waiting area with toilets, a children’s play area linked to the waiting area with a view of productive gardens, dispensary, easily accessed from the waiting area and ample natural light from the roof lights and windows. 

Before construction began, stakeholder and community participation had been conducted to ensure a more sustainable sense of ownership, civic pride, citizenship, unlocking development potential is cultivated. 

“The construction of Bophelong Clinic is another example of the City’s commitment to reaching its objective of improving the quality of access to reliable and quality healthcare services across our City,” said Member of Mayoral Committee for Development Planning Cllr Reuben Masango.