The City of Cape Town’s Health Directorate is set to start construction on two new clinics in the 2016/17 financial year. This forms part of the approximately R37,5 million capital budget approved for the Directorate.
The new Pelican Park Clinic has been on the cards for several years, but funding has finally been secured for the project that will see a total spend of R22,5 million over the next two financial years, i.e. R7,4 million in the year starting 1 July and R15,1 million in the 2017/18 financial year.
“It has been a marathon, but I am excited that we’re finally getting to the point where we can start procurement processes in the run-up to commencing construction of the building. I’m under no illusion that there could well be delays, but I am hoping that we can minimize those delays and keep this project on track as far as possible. The Pelican Park community has grown considerably in recent years as a result of the new housing development and the clinic is sorely needed, so I appeal to the residents to work with us so that we can get them the services they need as soon as possible” said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Health, Councillor Siyabulela Mamkeli.
The other new project that’s slated to get under way in the coming financial year is the Fisantekraal Clinic. The project will run over three years at a total cost of R24,5 million, with the first R3,5 million budgeted starting 1 July 2016.
In addition, City Health will continue a number of existing and new clinic upgrades in 2016/17. This includes:
Albow Gardens Clinic – Pharmacy extension – R100 000
Eerste River Clinic – Replacing equipment – R613 084
Elsies River Clinic – TB/ARV extensions – R800 000
Gugulethu Clinic – Extension and upgrade – R200 000
Hout Bay Clinic – Upgrade – R500 000
Ikhwezi Clinic – Extension and civil works – R600 000
Klipheuwel Clinic – Upgrade – R50 000
Masincedane Clinic – TB/ARV extensions – R1 million
Matthew Goniwe Clinic – Replacement – R500 000
Ocean View Clinic – Extension of records room – R500 000
Ravensmead Clinic – TB area upgrade – R1,7 million
Redhill Clinic – Replacing temporary structures – R200 000
Sarepta Clinic – TB area upgrade – R500 000
Substance abuse clinics – Upgrades – R1,6 million
Uitsig Clinic – TB/ARV extensions – R3 million
The rest of the budget will be spent on replacing and upgrading IT equipment, furniture, security and the acquisition of air pollution control equipment. City Health is also spending nearly R700 000 on fitting and fixtures for four new mobile clinics to service communities in areas without close access to healthcare.
“We are trying very hard to provide new facilities and upgrade existing ones to meet the growing demand for public healthcare, but I feel compelled to remind the public that City Health is an unfunded mandate and our budget never quite matches the public’s expectations. The second very important point to make is that while clinical services are very important, our environmental health responsibility is equally important and we have to fund these needs too”.
“Given our financial constraints, it becomes even more critical then that the public supports us by taking ownership of their local facilities and jealously guarding them against vandalism and other acts of criminality. Every window, tap or broken door that needs to be replaced as a result of such wanton acts of destruction chips away at the funds that we do have to provide quality healthcare and facilities” added Councillor Mamkeli.