MARAPONG — Deputy Minister, Cyril Ramaphosa and Limpopo Premier, Stan Mathabatha officially opened the plaque of the new Health Care Centre in Marapong purchased by Exxaro for the Limpopo department of Health on Tuesday, 22 March.
The Health Care centre will provide the residents of Marapong with quality healthcare, ranging from PHC, normal health care and a maternity ward, but at a later stage the services offered will be added to.
MEC for Health, Dr Phophi Ramathuba said that it gives her great pleasure to see that patients will no longer be helped in a small clinic with no proper infrastructure like the Marapong Clinic.
“I applaud the community of Lephalale for not going any further and destroying the clinic that was available, so as to acquire this health centre. Thank you Exxaro for spending so much money – it shows that you want to join government in improving the lives of people” said Deputy President, Cyril Ramaphosa.
“This on its own is governments work in delivering on its promise and continuing to put people first.”
Limpopo Premier, Stan Mathabatha appreciated the contribution made by both Exxaro and Eskom of this facility to the “vulnerable people” of Limpopo. He added that this contribution was in line with the call government made two years ago, that mining houses in Limpopo should improve the lives of the people in their surroundings.
“Today we are standing here celebrating a building that was a white elephant by its nature. The community here now have a first class health facility that will have a doctor and be well equipped; we again call upon our people to protect and preserve this facility with their lives and anyone who vandalises, burns it or steals from this facility should face first the wrath of the community and then the law” he said.
Exxaro Executive Manager, Sustainability: Mongezi Veti and Eskom Medupi Project Manager, Phillip Dukashu said that both companies will continue to improve the living standard of communities and will work hand in hand with them, adding that they are creating awareness for both HIV/AIDS and TB screening for workers and contractors.
Exxaro purchased the centre for roughly R7million while Eskom will make renovations to the value of R3 million.