This morning saw PPC Limited officially handover a fully-equipped, state of the art mobile clinic to the City of Joburg.
The clinic will help address the service gap in the community of Diepsloot and its surrounds.
The handover of this mobile clinic is particularly momentous as it is the first of its kind for the City of Joburg, and is part of its drive to strengthen relationships with the private sector in order to partner on delivering crucial services to Johannesburg residents.
By the end of 2019, the City of Joburg will have 10 such mobile clinics operating across all of its regions.
The Executive Mayor of the City of Joburg, Councillor Herman Mashaba’s administration has placed an emphasis on community-based primary healthcare, and PPC Limited’s donation of this mobile clinic is a sign of a shared belief that people’s access to basic and quality healthcare is essential.
For a long time now the people of Diepsloot, in Region A, have rightly protested and cried for better services from government. This mobile clinic will go a long way to alleviating the healthcare services backlog. It is estimated that between 2, 000 and 3, 000 patients will be assisted from this unit monthly.
This clinic will boast two consulting rooms, a screening area, a kitchenette, and a toilet. It will be staffed with two professional nurses, an enrolled nurse, an enrolled nursing assistant, a clerk, as well as two drivers. It should be ready for opening at the beginning of June. It will offer a full package of primary healthcare services that will differ from day-to-day because of limited space. Added to this, it will also provide eye screenings.
The Executive Mayor of the City of Joburg, Councillor Herman Mashaba said: “I wish to thank PPC for responding to our call for greater collaboration between the private and public sectors. The reality is that the challenges we are faced with, although not insurmountable, simply cannot be overcome if we choose to stick to our individual corners and point fingers at each other. Your gesture this morning, as a company, is a demonstration that you accept this reality.”
In the City of Joburg’s 2018/19 budget, the City of Joburg allocated R5 million for the procurement of a fully equipped mobile clinic – with a further R7.2 million to operationalize it. A further R25 million was allocated in the adjustments budget to procure additional mobile clinics, so that we are more efficient in delivering healthcare services to many of our people, who have been sidelined from the system.
Thanks to our partnership with PPC Limited, an additional R3 million was donated to the City of Joburg for procurement of a mobile clinic. This was donated as part of PPC Limited’s Local Economic Development programme, which is aligned to its Social and Labour Plan for the host and labour sending areas in and around PPC’s Laezonia Mine.
Mr Njombo Lekula, the Managing Director for PPC South Africa said: “In our 127 years of operations in South Africa, we have been in Laezonia for 22 years. This mobile clinic is estimated to serve 2, 000 to 3, 000 people per month.
“As a proudly South African brand, we remain committed to using our strength to go beyond and ensuring we create sustainable value for all stakeholders and communities in which we operate.”
Mayor Mashaba thanked the members of his coalition government; the IFP, ACDP, COPE, UDM and Freedom Front Plus for their continued support. He was also thankful for the contributions of the EFF which, although not a member of the coalition, votes on an issue by issue basis.
Issued jointly between the City of Joburg and PPC Limited
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