Newly appointed black-owned consortium to service KZN hospitals and clinics

May 10, 2019

RISINGSUN OVERPORT / 09 2019 - 05.01 / STAFF REPORTER

 

 

 

MEC Dhlomo said the consortium which is led by Buhle Waste, with Makhathini Medical Waste, who have roped in service providers Ecocycle and Microvulintuthuko, is one of the biggest and shining examples of Radical Economic Transformation.

 

KZN Health MEC, Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo, congratulated a 100 percent black-owned consortium that has been appointed to manage medical waste collection and disposal in the province.

 

 

MEC Dhlomo with members of the consortium, Mpume Mhlongo of Micro VBE, Nkoko Sekete of Buhle Waste and Bonginkosi Makhathini of Makhathini Medical Waste.

 

 

 

MEC Dhlomo said the consortium which is led by Buhle Waste, with Makhathini Medical Waste, who have roped in service providers Ecocycle and Microvulintuthuko, is one of the biggest and shining examples of Radical Economic Transformation.

 

The consortium replaces a single, white-owned monopolistic waste management company that had managed medical waste in the province for the past 20 years.

 

The appointed contractor, Buhle Waste has entered into the JV with Makhathini Medical Waste too and are now trading as Buhle Waste KwaZulu-Natal.

 

Bonginkosi Makhathini, whose Makhathini Medical Waste, has a fleet of more than 100 bakkies, said, “I am very happy to be part of this history in the making where Black companies have come together for a good cause, and to service the communities of KZN.”

 

CEO of Buhle Waste, Dr David Sekete, said, “Our main objective is to ensure that the critical function of health care risk waste management services is executed with high standards of professionalism, compliance and operational excellence.”

 

He said that Buhle Waste services a wide range of customers. In the public sector – including this includes the SA National Blood Service, the National Health Laboratory Service, Departments of Health in Gauteng, Mpumalanga, Limpopo and the Free State.

 

In the private sector, they do work for, among others, the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospitals, RH Matjhabeng, private hospitals, old age homes, private medical practices and funeral homes.

Buhle Waste has a 21 year track record in the waste industry, owns 70 trucks in the fleet and employs 350 people nationwide.

 

The company owns and operates three waste treatment plants (one incinerator and two non-burn technologies) based in Johannesburg and Polokwane.

 

“This extensive experience will be combined with, for instance, Makhathini Medical Waste, a strong new entrant which owns and operates a compliant waste transfer station as well as a fleet of 7 trucks and numerous bakkies,” said Sekete.

 

MEC Dhlomo met members of the consortium on Friday, and congratulated them.

 

“We welcome the hard work of the Department of Health in KZN that has gone towards finding a consortium that will deliver such a critically important programme of medical waste management, from the cradle to the grave,” said the MEC.

 

He added, “This has always previously been a monopoly of white companies. For the first time ever, we are seeing an entry into the market of black companies. What is interesting about this new entry is that it’s not just an individual, but a consortium of four black companies, which is very important.

 

When you have a set-up such as this one, you’re unlikely to create a monopoly. It is also interesting to note that within this consortium, there is a partner who is 100 percent female black-owned. That is something to be commended, for females to actually run such credible companies for over 15 years.

 

We wish them well and hope that they will continue understanding that collaborations in such critical work is the way to go in building up their profile and the legacy that is going to be credited to black companies. I am really humbled by this Department of Health achieving this radical economic transformation in the way that they did.”

 

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LINK : https://risingsunoverport.co.za/72858/newly-appointed-black-owned-consortium-service-kzn-hospitals-clinics/

 

Disclaimer - The views expressed here are not necessarily those of the BEE CHAMBER

 

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