Health problems in the mining sector were the main topics at the joint meeting called by Health MEC Madoda Sambatha in Rustenburg on Thursday. The North West Health Department together with competent experts of the sphere (for instance, Sibanye Still Water representatives) discussed some of the burning issues and challenges mining company’s facing today.
According to the press release, availability of beds in hospitals for mine workers are among the most problematic. Job Shimankane Tabane Hospital (JST) in Rustenburg appears to be overburdened following the growing population in Rustenburg due to mining related opportunities. Despite this fact, there is only three medical institutions in the city, which can provide a total of 475 beds.
“We need to find a solution to relieve the pressure from JST Hospital, ” MEC urged.
As a response, one of the stakeholders — Acting Group Chief Operating Officer of Royal Bafokeng Administration Dr. Kebalepile Mokgethi — said that his company has been constantly working with the Department of Health, has committed to building an academic hospital in Phokeng, which could help solve those issues in the future.