rnews / 18 October 2017 / Staff Reporter
Over fourteen local Small Micro Medium Enterprises (SMME) contractors have been awarded contracts worth a combined value of R8.1 million at the Khotsong TB Hospital project in Matatiele.
A further R94 million is set aside for local business opportunities, mainly construction work for upcoming contractors in and around the Matatiele region. The Khotsong TB hospital project is valued at over R436 million and has seen the flagship project transforming the Matatiele town into a pillar of hope for communities residing in and around the Matatiele area.
“The identified amount forms part of the stipulation of 35% for the value of the project work going to SMME’s primarily residing from within the area in which the project takes place,” says Unathi Maholwana, CDC SMME Manager.
Image: SMME’s: Over fourteen (14) local (SMME) contractors at the Khotsong TB Hospital have been awarded contracts worth a combined value of R8,1 million as of the second quarter of this year. SMME’s taking part in project (left to right) Phakama Evans – Qhamani Project, Mkhanyiseli Tshiki – Dlambulo’s Pride and Sibongile Shangase – Tankimzwa Catering & Construction.
One of the fourteen SMME’s currently benefiting from the project – Sibongile Shangase, owner of Tankimzwa Catering and Construction from Maluti in Matatiele. Highlights how the project has assisted in terms of “skills training and development.”
“The project has done a great deal for the community of Matatiele. People used to wake up in the morning despondent with nothing else to do but go out and drink. With the upgrade of the hospital most people around here have been skilled and are employed on site.”
She further adds,” my business has also grown thanks to this project. I have managed to employ over twelve people on site including two females. My company’s CIDB level will now improve as a result of my participation in this project.”
“Personally, I have been able to pay my debts and expenses and have further managed to pay for my children who are currently at university. So financially it has helped me a lot,” adds Shangase.
Another SMME on the project is Phakama Evans owner of Qhamani Project from Matatiele highlights how the project has also assisted her in growing her business.
“Through this project I have been equipped with new skills, I’ve learnt things that I did not know before the commencement of the project. I have learnt how I should budget for my business, how I should manage my cash flow, how to save for rainy days and most importantly how to grow my business.”
“The completion of the hospital will result in dropping the rate of referrals to other hospitals outside of Matatiele as there will be specialised doctors on site,” adds Evans.
Mkhanyiseli Tshiki owner of Dlambulo’s Pride from Matatiele who is also one of the fourteen SMME’s benefiting from the project was beaming with pride as he told how the project was contributing towards his growth.
“Besides the fact that I have grown as a business person from this project, the thing I am most pleased about is the projects contribution to the local community. It has done a great deal in dealing with alcohol abuse in Matatiele.”
He further adds, “I have seen people who on an ordinary day would be drinking non-stop, but because of this project they have something to do and that is the contribution of what the Khotsong TB hospital project is doing for the Matatiele region.”
Once finished, the TB Hospital will result in a world class modern day hospital with over 120 beds together with staff accommodation covering an area of over 9000m2. The project is spearheaded by the Coega Development Corporation (CDC) on behalf of the Department of Health (DoH) in the Eastern Cape (EC).
Since the start of the project, over ninety-six (96) local people have received Construction Education and Training Authority (CETA) accreditation. Most of the training specialised in technical work, brick laying, plumbing, electrical cabling, painting, carpentry and pipe laying.
“Efforts behind providing training & development are meant to boost the skills level of the local community so that, people are equipped with skills that will sustain them post the construction life span of the project,” says Salim Mohamed, Director Infrastructure Programme Delivery Health Facilities Development & Maintenance Dep of Health Eastern Cape.
LINK - https://www.rnews.co.za/article/16918/smme-s-awarded-contracts-worth-over-r8-million-on-khotsong-tb-hospital-project
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