UNVEILING: Lonmin’s Abey Kgotle and MEC Norman Mabasa during the opening of the Hwelereng clinic.
Health and social development MEC Norman Mabasa has welcomed the R10m clinic built by platinum producer Lonmin for the rural Hwelereng community near Lebowakgomo.
The clinic was handed over to the village during a ceremony held last Thursday.
Mabasa said: “The relationship which Lonmin has with its government stakeholders acts as a shining example of what is achievable when people work towards a common goal.
“It is the goal of uplifting the disadvantaged communities. Decent health is vital to our people and clinics such as this one built in Hwelereng play into sustainable transformation.”
Lonmin executive manager for human capital Abey Kgotle said the clinic came on the heels of the one built in Marikana in the North West province for communities in the vicinity of Lonmin’s mining operations.
“We are incredibly proud of this clinic, which marks yet another milestone achievement in our community health programme.
“By improving the wellness of our employees, their families and our communities as a whole, we are improving lives and living conditions within the greater Lonmin community,” said Kgotle.
The clinic will, among other things, offer HIV and TB testing services to the villagers.
The mine said its peer educator and home-based care programme would work closely with the community in creating awareness and caring for those already affected.
Lonmin’s community health manager, Desiree Monareng, said: “By building awareness and support through our voluntary peer educators and home-based carers, we hope to see people becoming more informed.
“People will then seek tests and treatment at the new clinic.”
Lepelle-Nkumpi municipality mayor Ivy Phaahla called on residents not to vandalise the clinic.
“We are thankful the mine has provided fridges, beds and furniture. It’s now up to the department of health to supply doctors, nurses and medicine”.