A community legacy

R230 million upgrade for Soweto’s first black-owned private hospital

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Clinix Health Group announced on 2 October 2015 a major R230 million upgrade to Clinix Lesedi Private Hospital, the first black-owned private hospital in Soweto. Significantly it will also be renamed the Dr SK Matseke Memorial Hospital, as a tribute to the late Dr Solomon Kgokgophana Matseke, renowned teacher, administrator, writer and scholar. 

The upgrade will commence immediately. Once completed it will include a new state-of-the-art 275 bed hospital with seven new state-of-the-art operating theatres; a 20 bed ICU facility; a 14-bed Neonatal ICU; seven-bed Paediatric ICU; 11-bed Maternity ward. Along with that a new radiology department, casualty, pharmacy, pathology laboratory, new renal facilities, a nuclear medicine department as well as new doctors rooms, administration, kitchen and reception areas as well as a new road entrance.

Architects, Geyser-Hahn, and construction company, Raubex, have been appointed to carry out the upgrades. The upgrade will also include an additional R60 million investment in technology.

Speaking at the launch, Dr Ayanda Ntsaluba, Chairman of the Clinix Health Group Board, said, “We are incredibly proud of the legacy we have created. Since Clinix Health Group was first established in 1992 with a clear purpose in mind to bring private healthcare to previously disadvantaged communities, our objective has been to ensure our hospitals remain cutting-edge, efficient and relevant for the needs of the communities. These upgrades will ensure we can meet and exceed these expectations for the people we serve. Along with Lesedi, we are investing an additional R32.5m in upgrading three of our other properties, Clinix Naledi-Nkanyezi, Clinix Tshepo-Themba and Clinix Botshelong-Empilweni. We have just completed the upgrades at Clinix Naledi-Nkanyezi and Clinix Tshepo-Themba and the work at Clinix Botshelong-Empilweni will commence later this month to ensure all of our hospitals offer state of the art facilities and services.”

Commenting specifically on the name change, Dr KOP Matseke, CEO of Clinix Health Group, says, “My late father, Dr SK Matseke, was passionate about the community. Learning and teaching was the cornerstone of his life and through his commitment many people were motivated to study hard and grow as individuals. Amongst his former students are Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Mrs Leah Tutu, Seepati Joan Mogotsi, Don Ncube, Peter Vundla, Mara Louw, Thabo Leshilo, Gordon Sibaya and Tokyo Sexwale. ”

Dr SK Matseke not only left his mark through teaching but is also recognised as an outstanding administrator and took the role of Circuit Inspector before rising through the ranks to be appointed as one of the four Deputy Directors of Education. He wrote several Setswana text books, a novel entitled Mmalonya and a play. He was also a talented musician and choral choir conductor and during his career travelled extensively lecturing in universities in the USA and the United Kingdom.

“My father was also a dedicated family man playing a pivotal role and providing constant support for his family. He always said that family must come first. We believe the new name for the hospital is a fitting tribute to him,” concludes Dr Matseke.

Read more about his life on www.drskmatsekememorial.co.za

For more information about the Clinix Health Group visit www.clinix.co.za

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