Gold Fields hands over Thusanang Clinic
Johannesburg, 21 October 2016: Gold Fields Limited (Gold Fields) (JSE, NYSE: GFI) is pleased to announce that its South Deep Gold Mine today handed over the Thusanang 2 Clinic to the Gauteng Department of Health.
Thusanang is an informal settlement on the border of South Deep mine’s property in the Rand West municipality in Gauteng and is home to about 8,000 residents. The clinic brings much relief to a community that previously had to rely on a mobile clinic which only visited the area once a week.
The opening was attended by the Gauteng MEC for Health Qedani Mahlangu, officials from the West Rand District Municipality, South Deep executives and over 500 community members.
Gold Fields invested R1.4 million in the clinic, which is part of South Deep’s Social and Labour Plan commitments to the community. The clinic was handed over to the Gauteng Department of Health in late August and has since started providing services to around 700 patients a week.
“Of all our impacted communities the Thusanang community is the one closest to us. As such we have a direct interest in contributing towards its social and economic development,” said South Deep VicePresident, Sustainable Development, Bonny Sebola.
The new health facility has consulting rooms, a medical waste and refuse area, a generator and a spacious waiting room. It provides a comprehensive range of services including child health services, expanded immunization programmes, maternal services, family planning, cancer screening, chronic disease management, emergency and rehabilitation services and general health promotion. The clinic operates from Monday to Friday from 07:30am until 16:00pm.
During construction of the clinic 20 temporary jobs were created for local residents. The clinic will also employ six local community members on a permanent basis.
“The Department’s focus is to reach the people where they reside before they become critically ill and patients should use their local clinics for minor ailments. The Department is therefore working tirelessly to improve our clinics so that patients go there instead of hospitals” said Ms Mahlangu.
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