Speaking alongside health MEC Nomafrench Mbombo, Cape Town mayor Dan Plato and Discovery group executive Adrian Gore, Winde said he was impressed by the convention centre's second transformation in the Covid-19 era.
“This was the biggest field hospital on the African continent,” he said, adding that the 250 staff at the site will be provided equally by the public sector and Discovery.
“I am so proud to see this collaboration take shape, demonstrating what is possible when we work together with the private sector to deliver quality services to our residents.
“I hope this is the beginning of many more joint projects in this space. All eligible residents, whether they have a medical aid or not, will be assisted at this site. No person will be left behind because every life matters.”
The city worked to make the site operational before handing it over. The provincial health department will be responsible for co-ordination, supply of vaccines, and clinical and facilities management, while Discovery Health will be responsible for client experience, technology solutions and administrative functions.