Seriti Power recently handed over the 24-hour state-of-the-art Rockdale community healthcare centre to the Mpumalanga Department of Health in the Steve Tshwete Local Municipality.

Seriti Power was formerly South African Energy Coal. The centre, which is already operational, was built at a cost of more than R34-million, and forms part of Seriti Power’s Social and Labour Plan (SLP) commitments, and its contribution towards Local Economic Development in the area.

The community healthcare centre provides acute, chronic and maternal and child health services and boasts a fully-equipped dental department and two living quarters to accommodate staff offering the 24-hour service to the community.

“We are committed to supporting our neighbouring communities and work collaboratively to enhance government’s delivery of primary healthcare and community health and wellness,” says Mike Teke, CEO of Seriti Power.

The completion of the clinic was expedited to assist with the management of the Covid-19 pandemic within the community and beyond.

The decision to invest in the construction of the clinic was taken after extensive participation in the Steve Tshwete Local Municipality’s Integrated Development Planning (IDP) process that ensures that projects sponsored by mining companies are linked to government’s development priorities.

“We recognise that local communities face many challenges, and we undertake regular, open and honest conversations to better understand what our stakeholders need, and how we can support them as a local champion in the area,” says Teke.

The construction of this project created 80 job opportunities for local community members, more than 50% of whom were young people. Seriti enlisted the services of a local project management company which is 100% Black Woman Owned with a disability. This company together with a local construction company which is also 100% Black Women Owned were appointed to manage the delivery and execution of this project.