The Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa announced his sincere appreciation to the community of Marapong township in Limpopo for not being impatient and taking the law into their hands against government’s delays to provide them a clinic.
Speaking at the handover of the multi million rand health centre project in Marapong in Lephalale as part of the World TB Day commemorations, Ramaphosa said;
“Thank you. I particularly would like to thank the community of Marapong for not burning down the old four-room clinic in order to get this one. You were patient.”
The deputy president praised the people in the community for raising their issues through the relevant structures. He therefore assured them of a prompt answer to other of their issues by the government.
“As you raise these issues government will deliver. Government will deliver without you going to burn down the library. It will deliver without you having to burn down a school‚” Ramaphosa said.
Limpopo Premier Stan Mathabatha said the project was made possible through the efforts of government together with mining company Exxaro and power utility Eskom. The new facility will be an upgrade from a clinic to a fully fledged 24-hour health center.
According to Mathabatha, this signified a growing partnership between government and the private sector when coming to community development.
He referred to health as an important human rights issue and that diseases like TB and HIV/AIDS needed special attention. “We cannot allow a curable disease to kill our people. The coming generations will never forgive us for that‚” Mathabatha said.
Meanwhile, Ramaphosa on Monday cancelled his scheduled visit to the Eastern Cape due to technical aircraft difficulties, according to the Presidency.
The Deputy President was scheduled to address the commemoration service of the 31st anniversary of the Uitenhage massacre in the Eastern Cape.
“The South African Airforce aircraft (SAAF) in which Deputy President Ramaphosa was scheduled to fly to the Eastern Cape developed technical difficulties, necessitating the cancellation of the visit to the Eastern Cape,” said the Presidency in a statement on Monday.
It said all stakeholders including organizers of the commemoration service in the Eastern Cape have been duly informed. “Deputy President Ramaphosa extends his thoughts and prayers to families of the victims of the 1985 Uitenhage massacre while wishing the best to the organizers of today’s commemoration service,” said the Presidency