IN addition to building a new clinic for the villagers, Kolomela Mine has also committed to improving the hospital for the locals.

Keaobaka Matilo of Anglo American’s Kolomela Mine in Postmasburg, said the clinic is classified as an ideal facility by the department of health.

The clinic which has been split from the hospital, has six consulting rooms, a pharmacy, a reception area and a medication storage area.

“We have added children’s wards and we are now focusing on upgrading the hospital itself. We prioritised the paediatric ward, the theatre and the casualty section.

“The casualty section did not have enough beds for patients but that has also been sorted out,” he said.

Keaobaka said they constructed living units for doctors as well.

“The units are occupied by four doctors where they only had two or even one doctors before.”

Keaobaka said they do an impact assessment every three years and realised there are many social problems in the community.

They’ve invested over R40 million in the project in Postmasburg and for them it wasn’t about the money.

“We are all about touching and changing lives.

 “We have also created hundreds of jobs. That makes me sleep well at night,” he said.