biggest project to date
Ekuphileni Clinic along Bellair Road may have to
relocate to the proposed health care centre.
of a R20 million Community Health Centre has begun in earnest.
It is scheduled for completion by December next year.
Centre will house a wide spectrum of primary health care
and related services, boosting the level and range of health
care services currently available in Cato Manor.
development has been made possible through joint capital
funding by the European Union (R14.9 million) and the eThekweni
Municipality (R9.4 million).
new Community Health Centre in Cato Manor will fast-track
the realisation of the area situated at the intersections
of Booth Road, which is currently under construction, and
Bellair Road – two important city movement routes – as a
buzzing Central Node Precinct,” says Martin Kaplan, Projects
Director at the Cato Manor Development Association.
Community Health Centre will also be easily accessed from
both the N2, and, on completion of Booth Road, the N3, encouraging
people from the north, south and west of Durban to use the
new facility. Durban’s King Edward and King George V hospitals
are also located close by,” says Kaplan.
4 500 m2 primary health care facility will include a 24-hour
Midwife Obstetrics Unit, an emergency and referral department,
a dentistry unit, a rehabilitation centre, a pharmacy and
over 20 consulting rooms out of which various health, community
and outreach services will operate. The existing Ekuphileni
Clinic in Bellair Road will relocate to the Centre when
it becomes operational in 2004.
Community Health Centre is the biggest public building project
to be undertaken by the Cato Manor Development Association
(CMDA), the agency responsible for the redevelopment of
Cato Manor, since its inception in 1993.
Dusan Botka, EU Programme Manager: “The Centre is set to
make a meaningful contribution to health care delivery in
Cato Manor and the EMA. This is indeed a flagship project
for the European Union.”
eThekweni Municipality has committed a significant sum to
the capital funding of the Centre while the operational
budget is being met by the City and the KwaZulu-Natal Department
of Health together. This buy-in from the provincial department
will go a long way in the provision of accessible and appropriate
health care to people in Cato Manor and the wider metropolitan
participation by the Cato Manor community has also underpinned
the project since its inception. Representatives of the
Cato Manor Community Organisation (CMCO) have been involved
in identifying service priorities, in design development
and in determining criteria to ensure that local enterprises
such as sub-contractors, manufacturers, suppliers and local
labour are involved in the construction phase.
Architect Rob Johnson: “The concepts of accessibility and
integration inform the planning of the Central Node Precinct
as well as the design of the facility itself. Easy access
from a large covered verandah on the street, and the visual
connection from the street to the main reception and public
circulation route have been developed in response to the
planning guidelines. Access, for emergency, staff and service
vehicles also serves as a staff entrance.”
the two-level building, the design attempts to facilitate
easy movement by positioning all patient-related activities
on the ground floor and around an internal ‘street’.
with the main service areas (midwife obstetrics unit, emergency
and referral, dentistry, rehabilitation and pharmacy) are
22 consulting rooms. These are designed for use by different
service providers and grouped around waiting spaces which
in turn present opportunities for public education. Two
open courtyards provide natural light and ventilation throughout
the ground level, further enhancing the inter-activity of
the space and avoiding a typical sterile clinical environment,”
CMDA Department of Public Buildings is responsible for both
the programme management and the project management of the
Community Health Centre.