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R150m health centre for NC town

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“In spite of this, the project is on track for completion on time, budget, quality and scope

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A R150 million community health care centre in Port Nolloth, being developed by the Independent Development Trust (IDT), is set to open at the end of this month.

The project is aimed at enhancing the town’s residents’ access to quality health care and is being development by the IDT on behalf of the Northern Cape Department of Health.

Once completed, the building will comprise of all primary health facilities, including trauma unit, radiology, dispensary, psychiatric ward, maternity wards and paediatric wards, while consultation rooms that are being constructed will be used for reproductive health services, psychologist, dietitian and other services.

Work on site also encompasses construction of facilities for support services, including administration and waiting areas, ambulance quarters and parking bays, overnight accommodation for paediatric mothers, mortuary, kitchen and dining area, stores and maintenance area.

The project was expected to run for 24 months until the end of August 2018.

IDT spokesperson Lesego Mashigo said yesterday that the progress on the project was currently sitting at 70%.

“The contractor is currently busy with installation of roof in some of the buildings, internal plastering, painting and external works like paving, lighting and parking areas.”

She added that the project had created numerous job opportunities, a majority of which were reserved for the local community and many of the works on site, such as glass fittings and cladding at the reception and waiting areas, were performed by local subcontractors.

“The project experienced teething challenges when it was discovered that the land that was allocated for the centre was a historical landfill site and therefore the ground was not suitable for construction. This was, however, overcome with deep earthworks excavations on the property and impacting the ground with a different type of soil imported from Springbok,” Mashigo said.

“In spite of this, the project is on track for completion on time, budget, quality and scope.

“We are looking forward to completing and handing over this project to the client department and therefore assisting the government in its quest to afford all South Africans access to quality health care.”

Port Nolloth, a small seaside town on the Atlantic coast, is one of the remotest areas in South Africa. It is about 144 kilometres north west of Springbok and serves as a gateway to the Richtersveld National Park, which is located 160 kilometres to the north along the Orange River.

The town population of just over 6 000 living in 1 830 households – according to a 2011 Census – is served by a small government clinic that says it offers a community-oriented primary health care programme that monitors and proactively works towards the improved health and well-being of families in that area.