R470m for Mpumalanga health facilities
Pretoria - Over the next three years, the Mpumalanga province will invest more than R470 million in the upgrading and construction of primary health care facilities.
“In 2016/17, we will commence with the construction of Kanyamazane, Pienaar, Pankop and Oakley health facilities,” Mpumalanga Premier David Mabuza said on Friday.
Speaking during his State of the Province Address, he said the primary health care facilities will be completed in 18 months to a total value of R385 million.
“More importantly, 24 other primary health care facilities will undergo comprehensive renovations and upgrades amounting to R89.522 million,” Premier Mabuza said.
The province will commence with the implementation of an integrated Electronic Patient Record Management System to ensure there is a seamless management of patient information across its health facilities.
This will be done to improve service delivery and patient care.
“We firmly believe that these efforts will have a considerable impact on ensuring a long and healthy life for all the citizens of Mpumalanga,” Premier Mabuza said.
Furthermore, the Mpumalanga province will contribute R200 million to increase access to post school funding for critical and scarce skills that are vital for the key economic sectors.
An additional R200 million has also been allocated towards the eradication of unsafe structures in Bushbuckridge Local Municipality.
The investment will target six schools in the 2016/17 financial year
The province has also undertaken to construct an additional seven Early Childhood Development facilities in areas of most need including Standerton, Siyabuswa, Tweefontein, Ermelo, Ogies, Mbuzini, and Manzini in Jerusalem, during the 2016/17 financial year.
“Our resources have been directed towards improving infrastructure, broadening and deepening teachers’ knowledge and experience and improving learner performance,” Premier Mabuza said.
In the 2015/16 financial year, the province’s Maths Science and Technology Academy provided training for 1 380 teachers.
In 2016/17 the province will train an additional 1000 maths and science teachers.
The province has also invested over R1 billion in the construction of five boarding schools that offer a comprehensive transport, nutrition and education solution for rural scholars over the last few years.