New state-of-the-art Parys Clinic, hopefully the first of many


Residents of the Free State town of Parys are over the moon after a new clinic opened last week. This new facility will help ease the burden of overcrowding often felt at the nearby Tumahole Clinic.

Free State Prime Minister Sisi Ntombela cut the ribbon last Wednesday as jubilant residents looked on. Built by Sasol Mining, the R12.5 million clinic is the first of its kind in Fezile Daba district.

Mojafela Singo, 35, said he hoped the clinic would boost the morale of patients and health workers.

“The clinic just needs the government to hire more nurses to help speed up services. This will avoid long queues that last for hours,” he said.

Turn a new page

Another resident and member of the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), Thapelo Lebajoa, said the new clinic signals new life to people.

“This will encourage a large number of our employees to use the services offered. Many thanks to those who spent millions to build this beautiful facility. We hope the locals keep it beautiful,” he added.

Ntombela confirmed that the state-of-the-art facility would benefit a larger proportion of the community since the small clinic in Tumahole could not accommodate all the patients.

“The old building was small and limited both staff and patients. For a long time, the people of Tumahole have been waiting for this opportunity. Now they can gladly get the help they need. This is a major boost in our commitment to providing quality health services to our population. This new clinic brings a lot of relief with an average of 20,000 patients visiting the old clinic per quarter,” she added.

SA’s first solar-powered clinic

The facility is the first municipal clinic in South Africa to run solely on solar power and has two 2,500 liter water catchment systems to ensure uninterrupted service. The facility houses eight consulting rooms with X-ray capabilities, a dental room, a counseling room, a pharmacy, and a kitchen for clinic staff.

Over the years, Sasol has invested in several initiatives in the local municipality of Ngwathe.

They understand:

  • The building of the multipurpose center of Vredefort
  • Upgrading the Khanya Community Health Center
  • The supply of B3 printers
  • Provide blankets to the less fortunate during the winter months and;
  • Hand sanitizers at the height of the devastating COVID-19 pandemic.

Rightwell Laxa, Sasol’s senior vice president of Sasolburg and Ekandustria operations, said the company aims to do more for nearby areas.

“The well-being of the communities in which we operate is very important to Sasol. We are therefore delighted to hand over the Parys Clinic to you today as part of our initiatives to ensure that the health of our communities remains a priority. At the same time, we are also handing over four emergency vehicles to the Ngwathe Fire Department to increase their response time, especially during this cold weather we are experiencing,” Laxa said.

Residents of Brandfort yearn for their own

As the residents of Parys celebrated, the community of Brandfort asked the provincial government to replace their old clinic. It has since been vandalized after being closed for no reason.

According to Sellwane Mohapelwa, a community leader, residents were furious at having to support just one clinic in the area. Many returned home after queuing for hours without receiving help. He also identified severe shortages of nurses.

Health MEC, Montsheng Tsiu, admitted that there are quite a few towns with small clinics.

“Brandfort had two clinics, but we had to close one and bring its staff to the new one to allow the services to run smoothly. We know what we are doing is not enough for everyone, but we are trying to give our people the health care they deserve,” she said. – Health-e News


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