Plan­ning per­mis­si­on gran­ted for Graaff-rei­net’s new hos­pi­tal

Graaff-Reinet Advertiser - - Voorblad -

G­re­at news for re­si­dents of Graaff-rei­net and the sur­roun­ding towns is that plan­ning per­mis­si­on has now been gran­ted for the sub­di­vi­si­on and re­zo­ning of the land for the new pri­va­te hos­pi­tal and re­si­den­ti­al hou­sing com­plex.

The pro­ject was first pre­sen­ted to the Graaff-rei­net pu­blic in Oc­to­ber last y­e­ar, and a fol­low-up meet­ing in Ju­ne ga­ve mo­re in­for­ma­ti­on a­bout the pro­po­sed de­ve­lop­ment and the pro­gress at that sta­ge.

The hos­pi­tal, with its plan­ned 100 beds, a ne­o­na­tal u­nit, ma­ter­ni­ty ward, in­ten­si­ve ca­re u­nit, high ca­re u­nit and a key fo­cus on pre­ven­ti­ve he­alth ca­re, will be of tre­men­dous va­lue to the lo­cal com­mu­ni­ty.

In ad­di­ti­on to the hos­pi­tal, the de­ve­lo­pers are plan­ning to build a li­fe­sty­le re­sort for acti­ve re­ti­rees at the sa­me ti­me.

T­his will ha­ve 200 re­si­den­ti­al u­nits, with an ad­di­ti­o­nal 80 sin­gle-fa­mi­ly a­part­ments. The­se u­nits will al­so ser­ve as hou­sing for hos­pi­tal staff, which will o­ver­co­me the an­ti­ci­pa­ted pro­blem of suit­a­ble hou­sing being a­vai­la­ble for the staff. The pur­po­se of the de­ve­lop­ment is al­so to pro­vi­de a com­for­ta­ble li­fe­sty­le for re­si­dents, with the pe­a­ce of mind that t­hey are within a few mi­nu­tes of spe­ci­a­li­sed he­alth ca­re at the pri­va­te hos­pi­tal.

The en­ti­re pro­ject was ap­pro­ved in full in a coun­cil meet­ing held last month, with cer­tain con­di­ti­ons im­po­sed in terms of the Land Use Plan­ning Or­di­nan­ce. Ma­ny of the­se con­di­ti­ons are techni­cal, in re­la­ti­on to the u­ti­li­ties and in­fra­struc­tu­re, which ha­ve to com­ply with ri­gorous stan­dards.

Ot­her con­di­ti­ons in­clu­de the con­ducting of a traf­fic im­pact as­ses­sment, the pro­vi­si­on of a suit­a­ble access ro­ad of the re­qui­red stan­dard, and up­gra­ding of the e­lec­tri­ci­ty sup­ply to the a­rea to meet the fo­re­cast de­mand. One very im­por­tant con­di­ti­on that will p­le­a­se ma­ny pe­op­le is that the de­ve­lop­ment must be de­sig­ned such that it blends in with the neig­hbou­ring a­re­as, so the­re will be no “ar­chi­tec­tu­ral bad man­ners” such as is of­ten seen with new de­ve­lop­ments in a her­i­ta­ge to­wn.

It has been es­ti­ma­ted that the hos­pi­tal will cre­a­te a­bout 300 new jobs, which will be a very wel­co­me boost to the lo­cal e­co­nomy. Not on­ly me­di­cal pro­fes­si­o­nals will be nee­ded, but al­so sup­port staff ran­ging from ca­te­ring to cle­a­ning and main­te­nan­ce.

Ac­cor­ding to Jo­hann Car­stens, Ma­ca­da­mia Fund Re­pre­sen­ta­ti­ve, with re­gard to the con­structi­on of the hos­pi­tal, t­hey ha­ve put in pla­ce strin­gent me­a­su­res re­gar­ding the ten­der pro­cess to en­s­u­re that all ser­vi­ce pro­vi­ders in­vol­ved in the pro­ject are a­ble to pro­vi­de qua­li­ty ser­vi­ces to the de­ve­lop­ment, in ac­cor­dan­ce with the de­ve­lo­pers' stan­dards and vi­si­on.

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