With the bulk earthworks completed, the site for the expansion of the Zoutpansberg Private Hospital in Louis Trichardt was handed over to the contractor, JC van der Linde & Venter Projects, on Monday. Pictured during the event are, from left to right, Messrs Uhlrich Driemeyer and Arrie Venter from JC van der Linde & Venter, Mr Kevin Hinde (A3 Architects), ZPH director and shareholder Mr Martin Kennealy, Mr Fanie van Zyl (ZPH facility manager) and Mr Walter Dhooge (Terray Project Manager).
Date: 09 June 2022 By: Andries van Zyl
Monday marked yet another milestone for the Zoutpansberg Private Hospital (ZPH) in Louis Trichardt when the site for the expansion of the hospital to a +- 90-bed facility was officially handed over to the contractor, JC van der Linde & Venter Projects from Pretoria.
The sod-turning ceremony for the start of the bulk earthworks took place on 7 March this year and, despite a couple of rain delays, the site was ready to be handed over this week for construction to start.
The project is scheduled to take 15 months. Construction of the top structure will now commence, featuring a four-storey building of approximately 3 900 m². The new hospital will have three theatres, an ICU, surgical and medical wards, as well as maternity, NNICU and paediatric wards. “Construction is expected to be completed in August 2023, whereafter the building will be fitted with medical equipment and opened in the fourth quarter of 2023,” said project manager Mr Walter Dhooge of Terray.
From its humble beginnings in 2001, the hospital expanded gradually and organically, always considering the health-care needs of the community it serves. In 2015, the hospital opened the new 10-bed day ward and, over the recent past, expanded its services to include urology, general surgery and orthopaedic surgery, to name but a few.
The founders of the hospital - doctors and healthcare professionals themselves - have always aligned the hospital to serve the needs of the community. To serve the community’s needs more holistically, the directors of the ZPH agreed to expand the services offered at the hospital to address residents’ increased health-care needs. As part of this commitment, the founders further recognised the importance of ensuring that the hospital is a genuinely community-centred hospital, representative and inclusive, a facility run by the people, for the people.
To achieve the above objectives, the hospital concluded a transaction with Summit Africa Private Equity, a black-owned and -managed private equity firm that focuses on health-care investments. The envisaged expansion of the hospital is a direct result of this partnership. Permission for the expansion was received early in 2020 from the Limpopo Department of Health.
Andries joined the Zoutpansberger and Limpopo Mirror in April 1993 as a darkroom assistant. Within a couple of months he moved over to the production side of the newspaper and eventually doubled as a reporter. In 1995 he left the newspaper group and travelled overseas for a couple of months. In 1996, Andries rejoined the Zoutpansberger as a reporter. In August 2002, he was appointed as News Editor of the Zoutpansberger, a position he holds until today.