Two South African wind farms, BioTherm Energy’s Golden Valley Energy Facility and Cookhouse Wind Farm have donated health equipment and medical supplies to a hospital in the Eastern Cape Province.
The current health pandemic has highlighted the reality that if healthcare services in the rural Eastern Cape are to meet the needs of communities, they cannot manage on government resources and funding alone.
This was the message from the MEC: Finance, Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism, Mlungisi Gerald Mvoko, who addressed officials and other parties who gathered to receive an official handover of much-needed health equipment, donated to the Andries Vosloo Hospital in Somerset East.
Giving recognition to the funders for the contributions to the community, and the dire need for help and assistance, the MEC also spoke of the devastation caused by fiscal cuts to the Eastern Cape of over R29 billion over the next 3 years, reiterating the importance of supplementary private sector support.
In a statement, Mvoko said: “Without the help of private companies we cannot deliver the quality of service required in these trying times of the pandemic. The equipment and medical supplies, intended to cushion the blow of COVID-19 on this hospital, was donated by BioTherm Energy’s Golden Valley Energy Facility, in collaboration with Cookhouse Wind Farm.”
“This is the only hospital in the area to service the needs of the community, and more specifically, the COVID-19 needs, which is why we need partners to come on board, as they are able to fill the void and complement us where we, the local Government, are lacking,” Mvoko added.
Loretta Di Zio, Economic Development Director for Golden Valley Wind Energy Facility: “This collaborative donation directly assists local government in delivering community health care, of which we are pleased to be part of, as we view this as an important indicator of our support for the needs of the community and ongoing partnership with our direct economic beneficiaries.’
In addition to Mvoko, the event was also attended by the Executive Mayor Nontuthuzelo Marjorie Scott, Mayor of Blue Crane Route Municipality; the CEO of Andries Vosloo Hospital Dr Toyeeb Yusuf, and the Acting District Manager of Sarah Baartman District Department of Health Lifa Baskiti, and other affected parties.
Mvoko also recognised the collaboration with Cookhouse Wind Farm as an important example that the Government of the Eastern Cape should take note of.
There can be no doubt that the Eastern Cape Province has been the hardest hit area in the country, with more fatalities and obvious desolation. To-date over 11 000 people have been lost, which is not only the highest rate in the country, but disproportional per capita.