Delve into GIC’s Success Stories: Exploring our New Mapulaneng Hospital in Bushbuckridge
GIC offers comprehensive, turnkey solutions for the development of healthcare projects aimed at elevating the future of healthcare in the country. South Africa boasts some of the most impressive medical infrastructure on the continent, but the reality remains that first-class healthcare services are beyond the reach of a significant portion of the population who need access to quality care. This is where Gap Infrastructure Corporation strives to make a difference with industry-leading expertise, allowing for a new horizon of possibilities to unfold. With us, the future of healthcare service delivery in South Africa is poised to reach unparalleled heights.
The Crucial Significance of Health Infrastructure Advancement in South Africa
South Africa has significant health inequalities, with many rural and underserviced areas lacking access to basic medical care. Developing health infrastructure in these areas can help to improve community well-being and reduce health disparities in the country. Unfortunately, the nation has a high disease burden, with “colliding epidemics” plaguing the country over the last 30 years, namely HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, non-communicable diseases, poor mental health, and more. The COVID-19 pandemic also highlighted the importance of robust health infrastructure over the last few years, as it significantly strained healthcare systems in South Africa. Provincial health departments, entrusted with the crucial responsibility of overseeing district hospitals, have demonstrated an outstanding increase in their expenditure over the past few years. That said, there remains much work to be done, as there are still some concerning current facts about healthcare in South Africa:
- Seven out of ten South Africans depend on public clinics, hospitals, and similar institutions when they fall ill or sustain an injury. This shows the critical role of public healthcare services and infrastructure in providing access to essential medical care for a majority of the population.
- Many state hospitals and primary healthcare facilities require immediate upgrades and maintenance to meet acceptable standards. Estimates suggest that up to 265 state hospitals and 1 903 primary healthcare facilities are in need of urgent attention to ensure they meet the required quality of service.
- While 98% of the population lives within at least two hours of a state hospital, it is worth noting that households residing in rural areas are disproportionately affected by unequal access to healthcare. Such households are often forced to travel long distances to more developed areas for advanced medical care.
- Only 58% of district hospitals in South Africa currently offer surgical capacity, which includes a surgical provider and a functioning operating theatre. This significant shortfall in surgical facilities underscores the pressing need to improve the accessibility of critical medical services.
Public healthcare is of utmost importance in our nation, and urgent action must be taken to prioritise investments in healthcare infrastructure. This means that South Africa must continue to allocate appropriate resources and formulate a comprehensive plan to tackle this crucial sector’s backlog and resource gap, ensuring that every citizen receives top-quality medical care when needed. “Likewise, Gap Infrastructure Corporation is honoured to play an instrumental role in bridging the gap by lending our infrastructure development expertise to world-class projects such as the state-of-the-art New Mapulaneng Hospital in Bushbuckridge in Mpumalanga,” says Roelof van den Berg, CEO of GIC.
About GIC’s New Mapulaneng Hospital Phase 3B Development
We at Gap Infrastructure Corporation take great pride in connecting communities by utilising our vast infrastructure development expertise. Our state-of-the-art New Mapulaneng Hospital in Bushbuckridge, Mpumalanga, is just one example of the world-class projects we have undertaken. With over half a million people in its local population, the Bushbuckridge community faces numerous socio-economic challenges, including a staggering official unemployment rate of approximately 52,1% and an even higher youth unemployment rate of 64,6%. When it comes to available infrastructure and service delivery, the situation is equally concerning. Only 6,8% of households have access to flushing toilets connected to sewerage, and a mere 11,9% of homes have access to piped, running water. As a demonstration of our commitment to changing lives, we have prioritised community involvement in the hospital project to tackle the critical challenges the impoverished households face in the area.
GIC takes a revolutionary infrastructure development approach that is community-centred and able to bridge the gap between what people need and the expertise required to service those needs. If you want to learn more about our current and upcoming projects, speak to us today.