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In 2016, Harmony Hill Clinic, Thaba Chweu Municipality, Sabie, was identified to be in dire need of an intervention. The clinic, built 20 years ago, was appalling; it featured a small facility with limited space. It was not adequate for the number of users, which included patients from Sabie, Graskop, Simile and Pilgrim’s Rest. The clinic also flooded during heavy rains and became unusable.
“SAFCOL intervened by assessing the situation diligently and that culminated in the appointment of a 100% women-owned cooperative, Bakgoni BaSabie Cooperative, to construct the new facility and by renovating the existing one. The clinic was uplifted with the construction of a front portion, renovation of the existing part and installed with new ceiling, tiles and a retaining wall as part of the whole facility.” Robert Makgwale, Socio Economic Development Practitioner, said. “I cannot believe we have space to work in,”Riekie van Maanen, Operational Manager, Harmony Hill Clinic, said. “When I started working at this clinic, 10 years ago, we only opened one day a week. Then the Department of Health took over, and we opened three times a week. Now, we are open five days a week and our staff consists of three health care practitioners and two councillors.”
“I must also commend the contractor, Virginia Sidaba, on the work done here. It went really well. I am proud to say that we offer a full primary health care service here at the clinic. We also have a doctor that visits us once a week and we can also refer patients for other medical needs.” Van Maanen said.
“The stakeholders cherished the good work done by SAFCOL whereby Mandela Day was jointly celebrated in the centre by also proving helping hand in painting, landscaping, planting trees and cleaning the centre on July 28,” Makgwale concluded.