LEPHALALE — On Monday 19 June, Eskom Medupi officially handed over completed projects to Tshukudu Primary School in Shongoane 3, Sethula Secondary School in Bangalong and Marapong Health Centre, which is in the building that housed the former Marapong Mediclinic.
Delegations from Lephalale Municipality, Department of Public Enterprises as well as Eskom, met Health Centre Manager Annamarie Ferreira who walked them through the spacious centre.
Marapong Health Centre has approximately 20 staff and operates 12 hours a day Monday to Saturday.
It was officially unveiled on 22 March 2016 by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa during World TB Commemoration. During that time Exxaro had donated the building to the department of health and Eskom committed to refurbish, remodel and upgrade the old building.
One of its primary purposes is to offer maternity care and this was visible when the delegation walked through the corridors, as there were mothers with their newly born babies awaiting help.
Eskom Medupi invested around R4.5 million on the refurbishment, upgrading and installion of new infrastructure.
Some of the work done includes:
Partitioning of bigger rooms to accommodate more consulting rooms,
Provision of 3 x 5 000 litres water storage tanks with stands as back up water,
Upgrade of two kitchen rooms with new built-in cupboards and other appliances,
Office furniture like mobile shelving for archives,
IT installation of the CAT 6 network cable to all buildings and network equipment, and a
Fire system with installation of smoke detectors, servicing and replacement of fire extinguisher.
During this project that ran from May-December 2016, Eskom is said to have benefited 38 locals who were employed and 4 local SMMEs.
Information still suggests the new clinic uses some of the health staff from Marapong Clinic, which now primarily looks at old and chronic patients.
Public Enterprises Deputy Minister Dikobe Ben Martins encouraged the community to protect and take care of the clinic. He told them he was aware of the dire state of poverty faced by the community and the high rate of unemployment, deduced from the number of people present at a time when people are usually at work.
Earlier on the delegation led by Martins, Eskom’s Executives, Department of Education and other stakeholders donated sanitary towels and dictionaries at Tshukudu and Sethula.
Through its Corporate Social Investment (CSI) a total amount of R11.4 million was used by Medupi for these projects.