“From Zero to Hero” in Less than Two Months
On 4 July 2019, less than two months after construction was started, the community was invited to the inauguration of the clinic. More than 200 people were able to visit the premises and witness the opening ceremony at JP Visser Hall.
Speakers included the director of CMAN, Christiaan Oerson, Anne Campbell, from the Western Cape Health Department, Lizeka Dlepu for Enel Green Power South Africa and M. Nella, Deputy Mayor of the Municipality of Cederberg.
Attendees were moved by the simple words of 76-year-old Faans Bois, one of Paleisheuwel’s oldest residents.
“One day, along the road to the clinic in the city, it started to rain and I had to take shelter under a tree. In that moment, I asked myself when all these sacrifices in search of medical assistance would end. Now I can say that I am happy.”
Residents can now use the clinic’s services 3 days a week, from 9:00 to 15:00. The medical facility is always staffed with a nurse, an assistant nurse, an administrator and three workers from the healthcare community, selected and trained from the local community.
In 8 months – the time needed to obtain a license – the centre will be able to operate as a full functional clinic. Currently, the Sandveld Health Centre can provide routine medicines, manage chronic patients long-term as long as they are stable, provide blood pressure and blood sugar checks, treat wounds, guarantee HIV tests and provide family and lifestyle consultations. Some patients with tuberculosis have been identified, who are now able to get direct and daily medical treatment.
Sandveld has become a point of reference, and not only for medical treatment. Among the several groups that meet regularly at the clinic, the Western Cape on Wellness (WOW) was set up, made up of chronic patients and the elderly. The reason? To exercise and dance.
Enel Green Power continues to promote the social, cultural and economic development of the Rainbow Nation. Following in the footsteps of Nelson Mandela, or strengthening our commitment to training the energy leaders of the future, there is only one path forward for an increasingly green and sustainable tomorrow: the creation of shared value.