Standby generators. Cat 3512B generator unit (1360 kVA)
Standby generators. Cat 3512B generator unit (1360 kVA)
The standby generators include the Cat 3512B 1,360 kVa pictured here.

The Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital (NMCH) in Johannesburg, South Africa took commission of two Cat standby generators to protect its facilities from electricity cuts.

The standby generators, delivered to the hospital last month, consist of one Cat generator, with a capacity of 1,360kVa, donated by Barloworld Limited as part of its ongoing Corporate Social investment (CSI) programme at the hospital.

The second, a Cat 1,000kVA unit, was ordered from Barloworld Power for NMCH’s own requirements. Barloworld Power is a Barloworld Limited division and Caterpillar’s southern African dealer for Energy and Transportation.

Clive Thomson, chief executive at Barloworld, said: “Barloworld is extremely proud to be part of this contribution to the continent of Africa and its children.

“We made this commitment in 2012 and it is heartening to see the progress that has been made to date in the realisation of Madiba’s vision. These standby generators from Barloworld Power will help bring this vision to reality by ensuring continuity of electricity supply.”

More than just standby generators

Barloworld Limited’s recent CSI initiative at the NMCH forms part of a more than ZAR4 million donation to date, which commenced with the funding of the two-and-a-half month earthworks phase during 2014.

This initial donation entailed the deployment of a Barloworld Equipment Cat Rental Store fleet supplied to the designated earthworks sub-contractor on the project.

Units comprised a Cat 140K motor grader, two Cat 329D L hydraulic excavators, a Cat D6R track-type tractor and a Cat CS533E roller, working together to complete the first phase of this iconic project.

Will standby generators be needed?

Yesterday, Eskom announced that it had met the country’s electricity demand while operating and maintaining its generation fleet for over three weeks, resulting in no load shedding for 24 consecutive days.

However, in August, Public Enterprise Minister Lynne Brown, stated that load shedding is expected to continue for the next 18 months.

NMCH scheduled to open Q4 2016

Standby Generators. Artists impression of NMCH.
Artists impression of NMCH.

The NMCH will be a paediatric facility extending support to existing hospitals in the southern Africa region. The hospital, scheduled to open in the fourth quarter of 2016, will include a research and training centre, affiliated to the medical school and health sciences faculty of the University of the Witwatersrand.