Sarah Baartman District Municipality refurbishes Jansenville hospital for Madiba

JULY 28, 2015

For this year’s Nelson Mandela Day programme, the Sarah Baartman District Municipality, led by Executive Mayor, Khunjuzwa Eunice Kekana, on the 24th of July swapped their usual office tools for paint brushes and overalls as they refurbished the paediatric section of the South African Women's Auxiliary Services (SAWAS) Memorial Hospital in Jansenville, in the Ikwezi Local Municipality.

The project, which was organised in partnership with Boomtown Strategic Brand Agency, the Coega Development Corporation and Ludla Publishing, was also attended by the Speaker of the Sarah Baartman District Municipality, Deon de Vos; Portfolio Councillor, Notizi Vanda; Ikwezi Local Municipality Councillor, Asanda Mboneni, among other municipal officials.

Opened in 1952, the SAWAS hospital is important in health delivery to the residents of Jansenville and surrounding settlements and offers services such as HIV counselling and testing.

Most of the work done focussed on cleaning the SAWAS hospital’s paediatric ward and giving its walls warm colours, so that it can be friendlier and welcoming to its child patients.

In addition, Executive Mayor Kekana handed over educational toys, kiddie’s tables and chairs, bedding, a brand new wheelchair, curtains, and for older people, boxes of adult diapers and sanitary towels.

Explaining the purpose of the project, Executive Mayor Kekana said; “These improvements show that we are looking after our people and communities. We want to leave a lasting legacy and make sure every child that enters this hospital, receives the best care and attention they deserve.”

Speaking at the same event, Deputy Nursing Manager of the Margery Parkes TB Hospital in nearby Graaff-Reinett, John Doans, who also spoke on behalf of the Eastern Cape Department of Health, agreed that the makeover would help in making the hospital a more comfortable place for children in need of treatment.

“We can only express our heartfelt gratitude for what has taken place today. With partnerships like these, our abilities to reach out to communities are truly extended,” Doans said.

He also added that the best care possible would be taken of the equipment and that a zero tolerance attitude will be showed in their misuse by patients or even staff members.

“No one would be allowed to take these items home as they are for our children, which is how we plan on keeping it.”

To date, the Sarah Baartman Municipality has been to several of its local municipalities now over Mandela Day as it seeks to ensure that the ideals championed by the late former President  – key among them being the spirit of Ubuntu, are not forgotten.


CAPTION: REMEMBERING MADIBA'S VALUES: Executive Mayor of the Sarah Baartman District Municipality, Khunjuzwa Eunice Kekana,hands over educational equipment and supplies to the South African Women's Auxiliary Services (SAWAS) Memorial Hospital in Jansenville on 24 July, as part of Nelson Mandela Day. Observing are the Speaker of the Sarah Baartman District Municipality, Deon de Vos (orange clothing) and Ikwezi Local Municipality Councillor Asanda Mboneni