DID completes a modern staff residence at Thelle Mogoerane Hospital
By Rorisang Monyela
On Wednesday, the 06th of November 2017, the MEC for Infrastructure Development Jacob Mamabolo handed over a newly completed Thelle Mogoerane Hospital staff residence to the MEC for Health Dr. Gwen Ramokgopa. The facility is located within the hospital precinct in Vosloorus extension 14, in the Eastern Development Corridor.
The delivery of high quality health infrastructure that enables health professionals to render modernised services to communities has been deemed a top priority by Government. This is also part of the National Development Plan Vision 2030 that seeks to ensure universal access to health provision for all.
The new hospital residence has three hundred (300) student accommodation rooms, fifty (50) intern rooms, twenty (20) double bedroom units, and a crèche accommodating 50 children of different age groups. It also has a 250 seater multi-purpose hall and a training centre. Other features are a running track linked to the gym, a link bridge to the hospital, covered walkways, parking and general landscaping and site services. Each accommodation block has at least 1 unit for disabled people.
The green technology aspects include roof insulation to reduce energy loss from the buildings, glazing that maximizes natural light into the building and reduces energy loose from the building, energy saving lighting, heat pumps for water heating, rainwater harvesting, landscaping, insulated walls for heat conservation and sound-proof, sun screens and louvres to keep the sun away from windows.
Speaking during the handover ceremony MEC Jacob Mamabolo said this was a modern high performance building designed for today’s advanced professionals and is also adaptable to climatic changes. He also urged the board to educate people about the importance of protecting public property.
The project provided skills through training and employment for Expanded Public Works Programme participants. A total of six hundred and seventy nine (679) people took part as local labour.
Community representatives were delighted with the facility. The ward councilor Mzwandile Wondo, said the residence will help the staff of Thelle Mogoerane Hospital to be at closest to the hospital, especially in cases of emergency.
“We also expect the facility to be well managed and maintained. We will ensure that our community take care of the facility and refrain from vandalizing the public property,” concluded Wondo.
Another community member Mr Nkosi Jali said the facility will enable medical students within the community to reside in this facility and do their practical work at close range with the hospital.
MEC Ramakgopa and the Chairperson of Thelle Mogoerane Hospital Dr. Nomonde Mqhayi commended the Department of Infrastructure Development for successfully implementing the project.