Improving access to healthcare

2014 CASE STUDY:

Access to healthcare improved

Sibanye was careful to consider the needs of employees in the 18-month long negotiations leading up to the sale of its former healthcare facilities – the Leslie Williams Memorial and St Helena Private hospitals, emergency medical services and nursing college – to African Healthcare Proprietary Limited in July 2014.

In-depth analysis found that these healthcare facilities were not meeting the needs and preferences of all employees. “The hospitals were not accessible so they did not satisfy our need to address health issues proactively and thus prevent disease by focusing on early detection and treatment,” says Dr Jameson Malemela, Vice President: Health and Wellness at Sibanye.

Sibanye has since invested in two new shaft clinics – at Driefontein’s Hlanganani and Kloof’s No 4 – and fully equipped primary healthcare centres at each operation; staffed with qualified primary healthcare nurses and independent doctors who are available around the clock.

Well-trained staff manage chronic conditions and dispense medication at the shaft clinics, and they provide health screening and consultation services.

Thabisile Phumo, Sibanye’s Vice President: Communications, says the unions have been reassured that the quality of the healthcare services is being upheld in terms of service charters and regular visits to the facilities by management. “Healthcare concerns are universal among our employees – and they are not just concerned about themselves but their families and communities in labour-sending areas where clinics and emergency services are not readily available.”