Photographed during the sod-turning ceremony are, from left to right, emerging contractor Mr Khuthadzo Mulovhedzi, Thulamela Mayor Mushoni Tshifhango, contractor Thanyani Mathobo, NHC director Mr Hermann Kohloffel and Thovhele Nkhaneni Ramovha.

Quality medical care for Vhembe


The construction of an ultra-modern medical facility at the Thavhani Mall to cater for the people of Vhembe has been hailed as the best thing to have happened in local medical circles.

This follows the recent sod-turning ceremony for the construction of the R34 million NHC medical facility to be built at the mall. Construction of the centre is already underway.

The ceremony was officiated by, among others, Thovhele Toni Mphephu Ramabulana, Thulamela Mayor Mushoni Tshifhango, businessman Thovhele Nkhaneni Ramovha and Mr Hermann Kohloffel, managing director of NHC.

The centre will offer everything the current centres are offering, among them 10 local GPs with six-bed overnight facilities for doctors to discharge patients after 24 hours to either hospital or home, six local dentists, a baby clinic and a nursery school for 120 children.

Speaking during the ceremony, Thovhele Mphephu Ramabulana said the facility came as an answer to the cries of his people who had to travel long distances to seek quality medical care. He said that he was equally happy that the new development would create more employment opportunities for his people

Thulamela Mayor Mushoni Tshifhango said the new development fitted in well with their vision of making Thulamela a city by 2030. “We are very happy that this is happening here. We are looking at development and with this centre we hope that the health of our people will improve tremendously. We are excited that we will no longer have to travel long distances to towns and, on top of that, we see many having gained employment here as we can see many local contractors at work here,” he said.

Local contractors Mr Khuthadzo Mulovhedzi and Mr Thanyani Mathobo of Treliz and All For One Concrete respectively commended the company for having roped in local contractors and giving them a chance to showcase their skills and expertise.

NHC’s Mr Hermann Kohloffel said the project was the culmination of a dream by 18 very concerned family practitioners that started some 26 years ago in Johannesburg.

He further indicated that the investment was a sign that medical stakeholders in the country were fully committed to making a better and healthier South Africa.




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    TMAN 3 days ago

    True our communities neea a private hospital, thats the only thing that will save them from being in the road everyday travelling to and from Polokwane, i agree with you Timmy Khethani.

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    Timmy Khethani 4 days ago

    There is nothing newsworthy or worth celebrating about this story. As we speak there are hundreds of GPs operating in and around Thohoyandou. This development is nothing but a new glorified consulting room which offers nothing more than what the current GPs are offering in their existing consulting rooms. Thohoyandou does not need a new swanky double storey complex of consulting rooms to be used by GPs but a private hospital that can deliver quality specialist medical care. Patients from Thohoyandou and the greater Vhembe region have to go all the way to Polokwane to get quality medical care in the two private hospitals thus putting a financial strain to their families who have to travel to Polokwane every second day to check on their progress. As indicated in this article this facility is nothing more than an overnight holding centre where patients will still be transferred either to govt hospital or home. Only the gullible and the uniformed will be impressed by this so-called "quality medical care for Vhembe". The only people who will gain from this thing are the property developers and the GPs while the patients who need specialised medical care will not be any better.


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Date:12 August 2019 - By: Elmon Tshikhudo

Elmon Tshikhudo

Elmon Tshikhudo started off as a photographer. He developed an interest in writing and started submitting articles to local as well as national publications. He became part of the Limpopo Mirror family in 2005 and has since been a familiar name among the newspaper's readers.



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