District Six was demolished 50 years ago and the community forcibly removed. While the resolution of land claims redevelopment proceeds slowly, the new clinic will replace the Robbie Nurock Community Day Centre in Buitenkant Street and the Woodstock Community Day Centre.
Communications officer for the Western Cape government, Monique Johnstone, says the current day centres are housed in old buildings not conducive to providing patients with the necessary care.
The new facility will offer child health services, women's healthcare, antenatal and post-natal care, treatment for tuberculosis, HIV/ AIDS and sexually transmitted infections and the provision of anti-retrovirals.
The new facility will offer child health services, women's healthcare, antenatal and post-natal care, treatment for tuberculosis, HIV/ AIDS and sexually transmitted infections and the provision of anti-retrovirals. Medical male circumcision, oral health services, dietetic services, radiography and dispensing of medicine for chronic conditions will also be offered.
The centre is being developed in Caledon Street on the site of the old Peninsula Maternity Hospital which was constructed in 1930. This holds significance for former residents of District Six and is one of a few buildings from that era that was not demolished. Redeveloping the area as a health facility is in keeping with its historic use as a hospital. It also offers convenient access to people working in the central city.
Western Cape MEC for Health Dr Nomafrench Mbombo noted in a media statement that this year marks the 50th anniversary of forced removals from District Six. “The progress on this facility is an important milestone in the redevelopment of the community,” she said.