LEPHALALE — At least 500 people will be employed while the old Marapong Hospital near Exxaro training centre is turned into a health care centre. This was shared when Dr. Poppy Ramuthuba, member of the Executive Committee (MEC) of Health, visited Lephalale in Mokuruanyane on Tuesday.
The 500 will from the newly launched Community Work Programme (CWP) where people will get the opportunity to clean schools, hospitals and clinics.
Waterberg Executive Mayor, Rosina Mogotlane, said that the CWP has been around for a while but has now been officially launched in Lephalale.
“When I come back to Lephalale I want the municipality to show me the 500 people that will be working on the CWP, and they need to be from those living in poverty. The municipal executives need to start working now” said MEC.
The crowd cheered with excitement when Lephalale Municipal Manager Edith Tukakgomo announced that Exxaro will be donating R7.5 million and Eskom Medupi R4 million to ensure that all the correct equipment is acquired to turn the Marapong Health Care Centre into a world class facility.
“This is one of the 67 projects launched in Thabo Mbeki last year at the Mandela day event. We promised that we would change the old Exxaro private hospital and make it a functional health centre that would benefit everybody” Tukakgomo said.
Both Exxaro and Medupi representatives as well as Lephalale Municipality and the Department of Health signed a memorandum of agreement regarding the clinic.