Soshanguve non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tions re­ceive hospi­tal beds

Pretoria News - - METRO - CHELSEA NTULI chelsea.ntuli@inl.co.za

BOTSHILU Pri­vate Hospi­tal has do­nated 50 beds to five non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tions in Soshanguve.

Kag­isong Hos­pice, Tha­bang Old Age Cen­tre, Xola Dis­abil­ity Cen­tre, Good Hope Cen­tre and Tumelo Home and Hos­pice each got 10 beds from the hospi­tal.

Botshilu gen­eral man­ager Ger­rit van der Berg said they aimed to make a dif­fer­ence by re­in­forc­ing their com­mit­ment to up­lift­ing the dis­ad­van­taged com­mu­ni­ties they served.

He said clients from Soshanguve, Win­ter­veldt and Mabopane had shown them im­mense sup­port, and this mo­ti­vated them to take part in com­mu­nity ini­tia­tives to make a dif­fer­ence in the lives of the peo­ple.

“We looked at var­i­ous fa­cil­i­ties around us that were in dire need of help, and we as­sessed the sit­u­a­tion and chal­lenges they faced. We found that most of these cen­tres were strug­gling with some of the most ba­sic of things.”

Tiny Koit­siwe of Good Hope Com­mu­nity Child and Youth Care Cen­tre said they were cater­ing for 20 chil­dren, but the num­bers con­stantly changed.

She said she was eter­nally grate­ful for the beds, es­pe­cially be­cause they had re­ally old beds.

Dur­ing the visit yes­ter­day, the cen­tre was without elec­tric­ity and Koit­siwe said the blackout had been go­ing on for six months, and the chil­dren used can­dles to study.

Founder of Kag­isong Hos­pice Oli­fie Lukhe­lani said they were tak­ing care of six peo­ple.

The roof of the house they used was col­laps­ing and Lukhe­lani hoped they would get funds to fix it.

Rosina Kga­tle, who has been work­ing there for 10 years, said they had a huge chal­lenge with the mat­tresses be­cause el­derly peo­ple of­ten messed up the beds which they had to wash and ster­ilise.

“Some peo­ple here have arthri­tis, they can’t do any­thing. We take in all pa­tients ir­re­spec­tive of what dis­ease they are suf­fer­ing from. We have part­nered with other hos­pi­tals as well and we have been op­er­at­ing for more than 10 years,” said Lukhe­lani

Botshilu founder and chief ex­ec­u­tive Dr Jacky Ram­pedi said mov­ing for­ward, the hospi­tal in part­ner­ship with the staff and doc­tors, in­tended to adopt the se­lected fa­cil­i­ties. These would re­ceive more do­na­tions.

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