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Speech by Mr Kenny Mmoiemang on the occasion of the official Sod-Turning of the new Ka-Gung Clinic

Speech by the Honorable MEC for Co-operative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs, Mr Kenny Mmoiemang, on the occasion of the official Sod-Turning of the new Ka-Gung Clinic. John Taolo Gaetsewe District – Northern Cape, 12 May 2011: 14h00

Programme Director
All Kgosis and Traditional Leadership
Members of the Northern Cape Provincial Legislature
Members of the Executive Council
Executive Mayor of John Taolo Gaetsewe District Municipality
Mayor of Ga-Segonyana Local Municipality
All district and municipal counselors present
Representatives from all the different community, religious and political institutions and structures present
Senior Managers and Departmental officials from the Provincial and District Department of Health
Members of the media
Distinguished Guests
Ladies and Gentlemen

Today marks yet another significant milestone in our quest to improve service delivery to our people, as we assemble to turn the sod for the construction of the new Ka-Gung Clinic. As the ANC led government of South-Africa, we have vowed to address the inequalities and injustices of our past and struggle for development of our people and our country by pushing back the frontiers of poverty and continuously improving the lives of all the citizens of our country and our province.

Today we are celebrating and realizing another achievement in government’s service delivery mandate to the people of South-Africa.
Building new clinics, upgrading existing health care facilities, provision of personnel, equipment, medicine and transport, are all part and parcel of improving health service delivery in the province. The government has made a commitment to provide essential government services to our people, especially where services were lacking, non-existing or not accessible in communities like Ka-Gung.

In this light we have combined the sod turning for the new clinic with the Ministerial Health Campaign the Department of Health has been embarking on since August 2010. We urge all present to access the free health services on offer today which include dental and eye clinics, blood pressure and sugar level testing, TB screening, HIV Counseling and Testing, Condom distribution as well as health bursaries.

In addition to building new clinics, government is working hard to improve the quality of care that is provided within all our health facilities.

Furthermore, as the ANC led government of South-Africa, we have an obligation towards the healthcare of our people. In this light, as a response to the call of our people during the April 2009 national elections, Health has been prioritized as the one of the five key areas together with Crime, Education, Rural development and Job creation for the next five years. In addition, government developed a Ten Point Plan to address the service delivery challenges faced by the health sector.

The construction of the new clinic is a direct response to Point 3 – Improving the quality of health services as well as Point six(6) – Revitalization of infrastructure of the health sector Ten Point Plan.

The building of the new clinic is not the sole responsibility of the Department of Health. The Department of Roads and Public Works and the Ga-Segonyana Local Municipality are key strategic partners in the process. The new clinic and health services and programmes will only be successful if solid partnerships are established between government, NGO’s and communities.

The construction of the new clinic will start May 2011 and completion is scheduled for June 2012. The total cost is estimated at R7M. Accommodation facilities for personnel will be included in the construction with the aim of attracting health professionals and providing adequate housing and living infrastructure for them to provide quality health services to our people.

One of the advantages for the community of Ka-Gung with the building of the new clinic, will be economic in nature in the sense that the construction of this new clinic will provide necessary employment opportunities. The contractor will be required to use the local labour force in order for much needed income to be channeled to poverty stricken households. Furthermore, it will be for the first time that the community of Ka-Gung will have a fully fledge clinic to access essential healthcare services.

We welcome the building of the new clinic and we are confident that the community of Ka-Gung will benefit from the health care services that will be provided. The new clinic will belong to all in Ka-Gung. It is your responsibility as community members to take care of it and protect it from vandalism. Furthermore, we call upon all in Ka-Gung to start thinking of a name for the new clinic, so when we open the new clinic, it will have a name chosen by the people, for the people.

The ANC led government’s HIV Counselling and Testing (HCT) Campaign is a direct response aimed at increasing our efforts to address the scourge of HIV and AIDS in our province and our country. This campaign is undertaken under the banner: “I am responsible...We are responsible... South Africa is taking responsibility”. We encourage everyone to take personal and collective responsibility to stop the spread of new HIV infections, provide care and support to those living with HIV and to ensure access to treatment for all people in need.HIV, AIDS and TB does not discriminate.

We are all exposed to these diseases and it is the responsibility of us all to contribute in our fight against these diseases. We call upon each and every one of you to support, attend and be part of these government and community programmes and initiatives aimed at intensifying and strengthening our combined efforts in the fight against HIV and AIDS. Our vulnerability to diseases is reflective of how we live. Many of us do not eat healthy, do not exercise regularly and abuse substances and alcohol. We call upon all to live healthy.
Know your status, get tested.

Programme director, community members and leaders has to play a key role in ensuring health service delivery is up to standard and that we commit ourselves to the call that working together, we can do more. Consultation, co-operation and support is key to the whole process.

In conclusion, we take this opportunity to officially turn the sod of the new Ka-Gung Clinic and I hope the community will after completion, preserve the facility with dignity and respect for now and future generations.

“Working together, we can do more!”

Thank you!

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