HAND OVER OF STATE OF THE ART CLINIC AND ENERGY PACKS AT MJINDINI
Health care services are now at the doorsteps of a community of about seventeen thousand at Ward 17 at Umjindini, City of Mbombela Municipality. This after the construction of a R15,4 million state-of-the-art clinic by the Barberton Mines. The public/private partnership project started in 2015 and today marked the official hand over to the community by the Minerals Resources and Energy Minister, Mr Gwede Mantashe, Mpumalanga Premier, Ms Refilwe Mtshweni-Tsipane, Members of the Executive Council and Councillors from the City of Mbombela. Mr Mantashe appealed to the community to protect the clinic against vandalism. “From now on this clinic is your property and therefore you must protect it at all costs. People who will be treated here are your goodselves, not government or Barberton Mines,” Mr Mantashe explained.
His sentiments were echoed by the Premier, Ms Mtshweni-Tsipane and the Mine’s Mr Jan Thirion. MEC for Economic Development and Tourism, Mr Vusi Mkhatshwa, who represented the Premier, told the audience that the clinic will contribute towards the attainment of quality health as envisaged in the 7 priorities of the 6th Administration. “It is only through a collaboration such as this that quality health care shall reach the length and breadth of our nation”, he elaborated.
As the country intensifies the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, the establishment of the clinic is timely. It is earmarked to vaccinate the locals to mitigate the spread of the virus.
Meanwhile, three households were provided with energy starter packs. The houses are part of the 3000 houses that were electrified at Umjindini by the Department of Minerals Resources and Energy.
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