Joy as Matatiele Primary gets more classrooms

2018-11-30 06:00

Dear Reader,

Can you believe we only have a few weeks left of 2018? This year has certainly flown! With the festive season fast approaching, I appeal that you embrace the spirit of Christmas i.e thankfulness/appreciation.

We are pleased with the new doctors at Taylor Bequest Hospital. Established in 1929 by Dr Taylor, the Matatiele Taylor Bequest Hospital, after years of working with skeleton staff, has now received a boost.

The hospital has appointed six doctors, bringing a wealth of experience and innovation from different countries including the UK, Ireland, Britain, and the Republic of Congo. “As Taylor Bequest Hospital Management, we are happy to welcome these newly appointed colleagues from different countries. The people of Matatiele and surrounding areas will now witness shorter queues and waiting times,” said the Taylor Bequest Hospital CEO Ntombombuso Sejosengoe.

With this additional number of doctors, the hospital is now operating with 10 full-time doctors and two clinical associates.

The hospital CEO said this total number of professionals will go a long way in helping the shortage in personnel that has been experienced by the hospital and will provide better healthcare to patients.

“The community of Matatiele has been complaining for the last five years about the shortage of doctors in our hospital, where we were operating with just one doctor, but we are now happy to announce that all wards are covered with two dedicated doctors.

“We are also pleased that the waiting period for the patients has improved and stands at 98.6%,” said Sejosengoe. The new doctors are also happy to be in Matatiele to help improve the state of our health system.

Dr John Anderson, from the UK, who is deployed at the maternity ward commended the department of health for ensuring that the hospital is not out of stock when it comes to medication.

“My problem is that there is a high rate of malnutrition in the area, and pregnant women are using traditional medicines, which makes simple procedures complicated. I am also concerned about the prevalence of HIV/Aids,” he said. He urged government to conduct awareness campaigns against the use of traditional medicines during pregnancy, which has very negative effects during labour.


November 16 saw Matatiele Primary in Ward 19 welcoming a three-class block project that will be constructed for them.

The official opening of the school was in 1986 and the number of students is growing every year. The school currently has 1 194 learners and these classrooms will assist a great deal because there’s overcrowding.

This project will be done through donations by various local businesses in Matatiele, including Boxer Build and Novubu Construction to mention but a few.

“We encourage the spirit of ploughing back to our communities,” said Circuit Manager Mr Gunkel, who also informed the school that there will be more teachers to join the team of Matatiele Primary.

In attendance were Cllr Sicelo Maphasa; Portfolio Head Community Services Cllr J. van Wyhe (Ward 19 Councillor); Mr Gunkel, Mt. Currie Circuit Manager from the Department of Education; Matatiele Primary teachers and the learners.

In addressing the attendees, Cllr Maphasa echoed the words of former President Jacob Zuma that education should be treated as societal matter.

“If business, labour, government and the community can continue working together as we are witnessing today, indeed South Africa, and specifically Matatiele, will be a better place than it was yesterday.

“The future of our children is in our hands and we must all work together to improve the level of education in our district,” he said. “We are a destination of Choice”


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