On Monday the 20th of January 2020, the recently elected African National Congress (ANC) Executive Mayor of the City of Johannesburg, Geoff Makhubo held an interview with Thabiso Kotane on Power FM 98.7.
On the interview which was conducted at 20:30 to 21:30. Johannesburg residents could phone in or tweet questions to the Mayor.
A KAE resident by the name of Tiisetso Malepa sent a tweet during the show and asked the Mayor “why is the multimillion Ebony Park-Kaalfontein Clinic opening keep on being delayed? Lights are on, ambulances and security are stationed there but there are no patients. Service providers will be paid month end but no patients or medical services.”
The Mayor responded “We will be opening the Ebony Park clinic later this month and handing it over to the community. It is a Primary Health Care facility and will be operational for 24 hours.”
The opening of the clinic is long over due. The R45 million clinic has been ready to serve the public since the 22nd of August 2018. It has been numerous postponements and 518 days that the clinic remains inactive.
We hope the radio announcement by the Mayor comes to reality. The community is in desperate need of a health facility with patients going to Thuthukani Clinic, Esangweni Clinic and Tembisa Hospital.