Solon Foundation donated Tshepong Clinic

Mrs Cecily Salmon, Head of Solon Foundation South Africa, handing over the keys of Tshepong Clinic to Mme Miriam Segabutla, MEC for the Department of Health.

KOEDOESKOP – The Solon Foundation SA donated a clinic to the community of Koedoeskop and surrounding farming areas and the official opening was held on Thursday 28 October 2010.

Tshepong Clinic is currently functional with two professional Nurses and one Enrolled Nursing Assistant and is located at Koedoeskop next to the Tshepong Children’s Project, along the Thabazimbi-Brits road. It serves the Koedoeskop community, Raphuti settlement and surrounding farms with a population of around 2500 people. It opens for 12 hours per day and seven days a week.

The Solon Foundation had already funded the Tshepong Childrens’s Project, which was well on its way and functioning as a fully-fledged community project. It was at that time that the founder member of the foundation had the wish to make a gift to the community that would ensure their health and well-being. After consulting with the Department of Health, Limpopo Province, it was decided to build a clinic at Koedoeskop. Sadly, the man who started it all, passed away before he could see his dream come true.

The first plans were already laid down in March 2008, but it took until March 2010 before the clinic could open partly and until  now before it could open officially. All the planning was done in conjunction with and the blessing of the Department of Health and Social Development.

In her speech, Mme Miriam Segabutla, MEC for the Department of Health and Social Development, commented that everyone attending the opening of the clinic is witnessing yet another milestone that has been undertaken by this government to bring about better health services to the people as part of the broader transformation agenda. She further thanked the Solon Foundation for their good gesture shown to the community of Koedoeskop and farming communities around.

“The Solon Foundation is one the few that has adhered to the call of the government’s ‘Working Together We can do more’”, said Mme Segabutla. “The needs of the communities are more than government resources can finance, but by working together more will be achieved.”

In her conclusion, the MEC for Health and Social Development made an appeal to all to make use of the clinic to the fullest. She further urged Thabazimbi Municipality to assist where necessary to make sure that the clinic is taken care of and the services monitored. The Department of Health has already equipped the clinic with staff and equipment. Tshepong Children’s Project is provinding the home-based carers who work closely with the nurses of the clinic. The people of Koedoeskop will be provided with quality health services.

The community of Koedoeskop was jubilating to have such health services at their doorstep. The MEC and her entourage walked through the Tshepong clinic after it was officially opened with the cut of the ribbon. Their vision is that the clinic will serve and bring help and relief for many years to come to anyone who knocks on its door.

Joshua Motsomane