Limpopo healthcare gets injection from Kumba

Ms Dikeledi Magadzi, Limpopo MEC for Health and Social Development, (left), Counselor Patricia Mosito, Mayor of the Thabazimbi Municipality (right) and Cornelia Holtzhausen, General Manager of Kumba’s Thabazimbi Mine (far right), at the official opening of the new Thabazimbi Wellness Centre.

THABAZIMBI – Healthcare in the Limpopo Province got a much needed injection from Anglo American’s Kumba Iron Ore business unit who funded a state of the art wellness centre in Thabazimbi.

The wellness centre was officially opened by Ms Dikeledi Magadzi, Limpopo MEC for Health and Social Development, on Saturday, 11 February. The state of the art, fully equipped centre will benefit both the mining community and residents of Thabazimbi. It will provide services such as HIV counseling and treatment, management of chronic conditions, cancer screening, disease management programmes, health monitoring like blood pressure and testing for diabetes, nutritional guidance and various other wellness programmes.

Ms Magadzi lauded Kumba for this initiative. “We are grateful that Kumba’s Thabazimbi Mine has seen the need to invest in the health of its workers and the surrounding community.”

Working together with the private sector to improve services was the way to go, she said. “We believe that working together with like-minded businesses of Thabazimbi mine’s caliber we will deliver more services to our communities.”

She said that the centre will teach people how to take care of their health.

Cornelia Holtzhausen, General Manager of Kumba’s Thabazimbi Mine, said the opening of the centre was an exciting development. “This means we can look forward to a healthy community and a youth population that will be able to get essential information on HIV counselling and testing.”

The clinic will be embarking on an extensive community outreach programme that will target schools and families, aiming to promote a healthy lifestyle and prevent diseases.