Media release

TRAC proud to have Mayor as KuPhile’s first patient

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Access to quality health care is a human right and one Trans African Concessions (TRAC) is eager to facilitate within various communities along the N4 Toll Route. As the concessionaire of one of South Africa’s most prominent trade corridors, we are also passionate about uplifting the communities along our highway through Enterprise Development.

The communities living in and around Machadodorp in EmaKhazeni, Mpumalanga are in need of assistance with both these aspects not only due to their geographical positioning but also the economic challenges they have experienced in the past few years.

The area has been plagued with a severe shortage of medical practitioners, and access to quality healthcare, which prompted TRAC to invest in the KuPhila Clinic.  TRAC took charge of this clinic in May this year after it closed down in 2014 following the closure of Assmang Chrome - Machado Mine - its original founder in 2009. Part of TRAC’s role in re-establishing the facility included renovating and upgrading the building and re-equipping it with essential medical equipment before it officially opened on June 7, 2016.

In reopening KuPhile, TRAC also became responsible for the salaries of the six staff members which will man the facility - a doctor, Phycologist, Medical Sister, Paramedic and receptionist. The clinic expects to consult at least approximately 100 people a month and its core responsibilities will include the diagnosis and treatment of patients of all ages, the provision of preventative medicine for numerous conditions and promoting overall health and wellness.

Although KuPhile Clinic will work within the private medical services framework, albeit offering services at lower rates than conventional private medical facilities, it will also offer pro-bono services to qualifying members of the local community. As this initiative falls within TRAC’s Enterprise Development scope our aim is to financially support the institution for two years after which it should be self-sustainable. To further ease this process all funds generated by the clinic over the next 24 months will go directly back into the clinic.

According to TRAC CEO, Graham Esterhuysen, as the concessionaire of the N4 Toll Route TRAC is committed to boosting communities along the Maputo Corridor. “We see each and every town and village along this highway as our neighbours and we are passionate about making them healthy and prosperous again.”

“We want to see communities thrive and grow, irrespective of their geographical positioning, and we are determined to go out of our way to make this happen – not because we have to, but because we want to. It is our honour to assist whichever way we can.” Mr. Esterhuysen stated during his speech at the official opening.

The opening of the clinic was also attended by Emakhazeni Mayor, Hamzer Ngwenya, who also happened to be its first patient under the TRAC leadership.

Councillor Ngwenya complimented TRAC for demonstrating the true meaning of Ubuntu and labelled the KuPhile Clinic initiative “an exemplary Integrated Development Project (IDP).” He commended TRAC for its patriotism towards the people of South Africa, especially those along the N4 Toll Route, adding that the initiative was helping the local government achieve one of its key priorities – improved access to quality healthcare.

 

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