Cape Town - Two Manenberg schools are preparing to make way for the new R2.4 billion Klipfontein Regional Hospital, which needs at least 7 hectares of land.
On the corners of Duinefontein and Turfhall roads, the phasing out of pupil intake at Sonderend Primary School and Silverstream High School has already begun, said the secretary-general of the Manenberg Business Forum Fareed Jansen.
Talk of the schools’ closure started about five years ago and had initially been met with outrage by the school governing body (SGB), with Jansen saying no alternative schooling had been given to pupils at the time.
Since then Jansen has been in talks with the provincial education department, and it has been decided that a school of skills will be built at the old GF Jooste Hospital site, expected to be completed in 2021. The department last year announced the plans, although no final decision had been announced. GF Jooste had been one of the busiest hospitals on the Cape Flats, and had closed its doors in 2014.
Over the past five years, little concrete detail had been shared on where exactly its replacement site would be, or how much the new hospital would cost. This was partly due to a consultation process with residents. Provincial health department spokesperson Mark van der Heever yesterday said a public consultation process, governed by the South African Schools Act, had been taken. The new regional hospital would act as a referral hospital for surrounding areas, with an expected completion date in 2029. The new hospital would relieve pressure on Groote Schuur, Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital, Tygerberg and Somerset facilities, as well as from the Khayelitsha and Mitchells Plain district facilities.