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Khayelitsha to get a modern hospital

By Moses Mackay | Jul 20, 2011 | COMMENTS [ 15 ]

A NEW R450million hospital is set to open in Cape Town's Khayelitsha next month, after two years of construction.

Khayelitsha Development Forum (KDF) chairperson Michael Benu described the hospital as a state-of-the-art facility. The KDF has been working with government to involve the community in the construction of the hospital.

But its role has been marred by controversy, with many residents staging protests, after reportedly being overlooked for jobs, and complaining that employers hired outsiders in many businesses in the area.

Benu has now called on residents not to protest and demand jobs when the township's new hospital opens next month.

"People like to protest in situations like these and demand jobs because they lack information about job requirements and other related issues," said Benu.

Benu said they had been in discussions with the Western Cape health department to meet expectations of the residents.

People would be employed according to their skills, but he could not say how jobs would be created or what kind of skills would be needed.

But there were tenders for security, cleaning and other services to ensure that many people were employed, he added.

Benu said about 30percent of tenders in all sectors were given to Khayelitsha small business people during construction of the hospital.

Asked if the new hospital would address overcrowding at three clinics in Khayelitsha, Benu said patients would be referred to the new hospital from the clinics, and would not present themselves for treatment at the hospital without a referral.

"I don't think it will address overcrowding at other community health centres," he said.

Western Cape health MEC Theuns Botha said the hospital would have a total of 230 beds and the design would allow for future expansion to 300 beds.

He said facilities at the hospital included in-patient services, medical day ward, an accident and emergency unit and an ambulance station with a helicopter and perimeter fence.

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Good Gesture Really!! what good will it bring if the existing ones are becoming "DEAD ZONE", the used to build this so called "Modern Hospital" would have been useful by recruiting more staff, buy needed equipments for daily/emergency and promoting better services/treatments to all necessary hospitals for patients.

Get rid off all spoiled potatoes<nurses> they seem to forget why their healthcarer

Jul 20, 2011 7:48 | 0 replies

@ Catty88, I fully agre with you. @LoveSA, unlike a troll called Jack you at least know how to voice your view without offending anyone els. Keep it up!

Jul 20, 2011 4:34 | 0 replies

"We demand!" and "Gimme dat" - the two phrases most used by blacks?

Jul 20, 2011 11:16 | 0 replies

@Nomenti its easy let all stop burrying our heads in the sand when someone in Govement stealls from the people.My brother we all working hard to make it a better place but if one individual is a problem please he must go.

We fought for power now the same power is taking away from the people who fought for it by their own people.How embarrasing is that.

You know when whites or foreign people talk about how stupid and corrupt our goverment is am embarrased and can not defend them cause all is true even a mentaly ill person can see it.

Come on man this is so embarrasing.

Jul 20, 2011 9:0 | 0 replies

I'm just worried about who apointed the Hospital Sup and staff. If this falls under the department of Health, there will be no bedding, crockery etc. left in the hospital within a year and it will look like any other State Hospital. Run down and not able to opperate.
As per other article in Sowetan. Most of our nurses are useless and are only there for the pay and to see what they can steal. THERE ARE SOME GREAT ONE'S.

Jul 20, 2011 8:59 | 0 replies

@LoveSA hayi man.You know am black and now i have started telling people that am Asian coz my black brothers are embarrasing me with their long fingers always in the cookie jar.Why did the ANC not build the Hospital when it was in charge of the WC.

Look i will never sell my black people but really stop embarrasing us all with your greedy for tax payers money and corruption.

Even when we see the cookie crumbs all over your face we still defend you!hayi man.

Jul 20, 2011 8:50 | 0 replies

Catty88
Very true, but we don't know that do we?

Jul 20, 2011 8:50 | 0 replies

@Nomenti - Remember when the DA took over they checked all the contracts and stopped certain ones that was out of line. Now we see a hospital in a poor area that have created jobs and have made use of local businesses and no corruption stories. That is after all what all citizens want to see doesn't matter who is the governing party.

@Catty88 - I agree with the comments I have seen you made lately. How is our friend Tupac?

Jul 20, 2011 8:40 | 0 replies

Catty88
You rock!!!!!!!!!

Jul 20, 2011 8:38 | 0 replies

@Nomenti the fact is a hospital is built can we no rejoice on that the DA is in charge now.Maybe our brothers from the ANC were going to eat the money as always.

Jul 20, 2011 8:26 | 0 replies

Correction!!!
Khayelitsha and Mitchell's Plain district hospitals. The business case of the two hospitals started way back in 2003 and this was an idea of MEC for Health Marius Fransman. When there was a regime change in Western Cape, there was a lot of resistance from the new Shariff to construct these hospitals. Their argument was around building two referral hospitals and a lack of cash-flow that will sustain the two hospitals. The senior officials had to convince the new bosses about the need to have these hospitals in the township and come up with ways of raising cash-flow.

Next year Mitchell's Plain hospital will be completed and guess who will be taking credit for this.

I live in this province, I attend meetings, what you see and hear is not a true reflection of Western Cape

Jul 20, 2011 8:24 | 0 replies