De Beers Group’s Voorspoed Mine has donated two mobile clinics to the Free State health department to serve the Kroonstad community.
Valued at about R1.1 million, the mobile clinics are expected to serve the local communities of Moqhaka Municipality and 420 surrounding farms in the Fezile Dabi District.
In a statement issued by the group’s spokesperson Jackie Mapiloko, the donation of the mobile clinics forms part of Voorspoed Mine’s Social and Labour Plan, which aims to uplift communities of the Free State and develop a working partnership with the provincial health department.
According to the statement, the De Beers Group recognises the importance of public-private partnerships and is passionate about forging strategic partnerships that significantly contribute to the socio-economic development of the country.
Through the partnership, the company aims to support the Department of Health in its efforts to extend health care services to all rural areas that form part of the mine’s labour sending area, which include the Moqhaka and Ngwathe municipalities and parts of the Fezile Dabi District.
Voorspoed Mine Acting General Manager Petrus Jordaan said in the statement: “De Beers Group fully supports the Department of Health’s national agenda to provide access to healthcare services and to ensure that safe, effective, good quality and affordable essential medicines and vaccines are available for all. We are hopeful that these mobile clinics will address the need for well-equipped primary health care facilities and contribute positively towards the health and wellness of our community members.”
Jordaan noted that while Voorspoed Mine stopped mining operations in December 2018, as it reached the end of its life, it will continue to implement its Social and Labour Plan as agreed with the local municipalities and the Department of Mineral Resources.
The mobile clinics will provide a comprehensive primary health care service, and operate from 9am to 3pm daily, with a dedicated team consisting of a professional nurse, nursing assistant and a driver. Health services offered will include treatment of minor acute ailments, cholesterol, tuberculosis, diabetes and blood pressure screenings and immunisation for infants.
Speaking at the handover of the mobile clinics, health MEC Montseng Tsiu said: “This gesture demonstrates the importance of public and private partnerships to improve the lives of people. Today, we are saying to our people, we are here, we witnessed and were further humbled by the commitment of De Beers Group to the well-being of our people.
“It is indeed through companies like the De Beers Group, which is demonstrating its commitment to investing in the healthcare system, that we as a country shall further improve. The government, with South Africa’s large population, cannot achieve its objective to maintain the general welfare of its citizens on its own. We need business to partner with us in order to enhance a healthy nation,” she noted.
De Beers Group has a long-standing relationship with the communities of Moqhaka and Ngwathe Municipalities, which started 10 years ago when Voorspoed Mine began operating in the area.
Through its Social and Labour Plan, Voorspoed Mine has spent R5.5 million in supporting educational projects and healthcare services in 2018.