It will cost an estimated R2.4m to reopen the Lotus River clinic.
This was confirmed by Siyabulela Mamkeli, mayoral committee member for health, who says the City of Cape Town is committed to providing quality health care and to serving the community of Lotus River and its surrounds.
Mamkeli says his department is currently awaiting the outcome of a funding application through the urban settlements development grant for possible consideration in the mid-year budget, which will be released in January next year. The application was submitted at the end of last month.
Mamkeli says he committed to reopening the Lotus River facility earlier this year.
“Earlier this year, I went on record stating my intention to do everything possible to facilitate the reopening of the Lotus River clinic, which we were forced to close last year as a result of ongoing vandalism and theft.
“I engaged with community representatives, but also convened two public meetings to outline the challenges around the reopening of the facility – chief of which is finding the funding to do so,” Mamkeli says.
He adds there has been a number of talks with various interested and affected parties about the future of the facility.
The state of the building was assessed and the costs determined to do repairs and provide security in the event the clinic reopens.
He says his department does not have the needed funds for this, “but we are investigating various potential funding options”.
The estimated cost of about R2.4m to reopen the clinic, includes refurbishment and professional fees for electrical consultants and structural engineers, he says.
The City continues to employ security guards to safeguard the site at a monthly cost of R38 000. He says this cost is a constant reminder of the challenge faced in protecting community assets.
In the meantime, Mamkeli says, additional space has been made available in the form of a temporary structure at the Pelican Park satellite clinic. They have also employed one extra professional nurse at the Strandfontein clinic. He adds the renovated Klip Road clinic can also cater for an increased number of patients