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An investment of R1.1 billion into Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal’s medical sector is currently in the pipeline, with the development set to elevate the local economy in various ways. This follows a Gauteng-based company expanding into the up-and-coming KwaZulu-Natal town.
Newcastle Municipality’s Chairperson for Town Planning and Development, Cllr Bertie Meiring pointed out that the necessary presentation has already been conducted and plans are now in full swing to see the billion-rand project commence.
“We recently had the presentation in EXCO (Executive Committee), and we now have to send it back to Town Planning to investigate the rezoning process, before taking the matter back to EXCO for the final decision,” he explained.
The reasoning behind the investigations into the rezoning process is due to the developers looking at establishing the massive project in Rooibok Avenue, Hutten Heights. The alternative location for the medical facility, if the Hutten Heights site is not approved, will be near the Newcastle Mall, already zoned as a medical area.
Furthermore, Cllr Meiring pointed out, “The process will take about a month, and if approved, which I think it will be, the facility will be in Rooibok Avenue.”
Speaking on what the new facility will bring to Newcastle, Cllr Meiring stated that the new facility will offer significant benefits to Newcastle residents.
“We would become one of the strongest medical centres in Northern KZN, with extra medical specialities and doctors in town. Also, the hospital will have a total of 150 beds available for patients. This will help a lot if the other Private Hospital is at full capacity.”
Additionally, he pointed out that the facility will have three phases to look out for. Phase One will be the hospital, and Phase Two will be the doctors’ suites. “Phase Three will be a nurse’s training school and accommodation,” further pointing out that this opens up job opportunities for those looking at careers in the healthcare sector.
With the planning process underway, Cllr Meiring emphasised it was currently too early to say when exactly the entire process will be complete.
“But when it happens, especially with so many doctor practices already situated in the Hutten Heights area, the people of Newcastle will truly benefit from the services,” he concluded.
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