Mokhine Makgalemele Seriti’s Community Relations and stakeholder development manager addressing community members during the handover of a refurbished Community Healthcare Centre in Thuthukani Township in Standerton. Picture Credit Seriti.

By Staff Reporter

Standerto: Seriti handed over a refurbished facility, which was upgraded into a community healthcare centre, to the Department of Health (DoH) in the Lekwa Local Municipality. This project forms part of Seriti’s Corporate Social Investment (CSI) programme and brings much needed healthcare for the Thuthukani community, neighbouring our New Denmark Colliery. The Thuthukani community previously received medical services through a mobile clinic unit brought to the community by the DoH once a week. Now, with the new clinic facility that Seriti is handing over, the DoH will be able to deliver healthcare services to this community daily.The services offered at the clinic include management of chronic diseases, Prevention of MotherTo-Child Transmission (PMTCT), Absolute Neutrophil Count (ANC), family planning, HIV/Aids, TB, and management of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs).Thabo Masike, Chief Corporate and Community Relations Officer at Seriti said, “As we wrap up Human Rights month, Seriti recognises that basic healthcare is a key human right. We believe that by improving healthcare, we improve the quality of life and dignity of the residents in communities surrounding our operations.” The coal giant has also acknowledged the challenges faced by communities where they do business, “Seriti also recognises that local communities face many challenges, and we undertake regular, open and honest conversations to better understand what our stakeholders need, and how we can support them,” Thabo added.

The renovation work carried out created four (4) jobs for unskilled members of the local community, and the work done on the old building included painting of the ceiling, repair work on water leaks, removal of old shower cabins, and installation of new equipment in the examination room, X-ray room, vital signs room, storeroom, and the pharmacy. This initiative is closely linked to one of Seriti’s key values, ‘Safety and health without and the company aims to continue partnering with key stakeholders in the public sector to improve service delivery.


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