NEWLY UNVEILED CHARLOTTE MAXEKE STORES TO PROVIDE NEEDED CAPACITYAND RELIEF ON CURRENTLY CLUTTERED HOSPITAL STORAGE

NEWLY UNVEILED CHARLOTTE MAXEKE STORES TO PROVIDE NEEDED CAPACITY
AND RELIEF ON CURRENTLY CLUTTERED HOSPITAL STORAGE
The newly unveiled 3 500m2 Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital (CMJAH)
general stores will provide the much-needed capacity and relief on the currently cluttered
tunnel stores used by the facility.
The new state-of-the-art general stores was unveiled and handed over to the CMJAH by the
Minister of Health, Dr Joe Phaahla together with Gauteng MEC for Health and Wellness,
Nomantu Nkomo-Ralehoko and Gift of the Givers’ Dr Imitiaz Sooliman. It is a project by the
Gift of the Givers, who spent R60 million towards the development and conversion of the new
stores.
The new general stores comes after the hospital’s Special Dispensary Stores was damaged
when a fire broke out on 16 April 2021, causing structural damage to the storage facility and
adjacent sections of the CMJAH. This resulted in the hospital not having adequate storage
facility for supplies.
The newly unveiled stores has more than enough storage, adequate shelving to assist in
organisation and classification of stock, air conditioning and ablution facilities. Taking note of
the fire incident, the newly unveiled facility is equipped with integrated fire detection and
suppression with fire water storage tanks.
It also has various storage sections which include the Special Dispensary Stores, ICT Stores
and Cleaning Stores amongst others. The receiving, dispatch and transit offices, and one
entrance and one exit to ensure accountability and safe keeping of goods coming in and out
of building.
Minister Phaahla said that work continues to complete the other areas affected by fire and in
need of refurbishment. Donors, like Gift of the Givers, have lent their hands to ensure high
quality work is done and to make sure our people receive high quality healthcare services in
this hospital.
“The new Charlotte Maxeke stores is a cutting edge, purpose designed and constructed
medical facility which should prove to be a precedent to those that will follow. It is out of
recognition amongst many of us that this hospital is a critical outpost in the health infrastructure
design of South Africa. It cannot be let to fail or demise,” said the Minister.
The new general stores is part of the ongoing charitable work the Gift of the Givers continues
to do within the Gauteng public healthcare sector. Last year, the organisation drilled
boreholes at Rahima Moosa and Helen Joseph Hospitals with filtration systems and assisted
displaced families and staff at Tambo Memorial Hospital during the Boksburg tanker explosion.
MEC Nkomo-Ralehoko commended the Gift of the Givers for consistently stepping in to assist
communities in need both locally and globally.
“The impact of your support extends far beyond the hospital stores themselves. It ripples
through our entire healthcare system, empowering us to provide better care, conduct critical
research and make advancements in medical science. Your contributions have become the
building block upon which we can build a healthier and more resilient society,” said MEC
Nkomo-Ralehoko.
In addition, Dr Sooliman said that the CMJAH stores is part of the Gift of the Givers’ ongoing
interventions the organisation has undertaken across the country. These interventions include
the building and refurbishment of infrastructure, drilling of boreholes and water connection and
the provision of scrubs and a range of items needed to improve healthcare services.
“We are not just ending with this largest medical stores in South African. As part of the ongoing
interventions in healthcare facilities across Gauteng, we are busy with plans to take Rahima
Moosa Mother and Child Hospital off the grid with solar power. Plans have been drawn up,
donors have been sourced and we are looking at finalising so that the project can be
implemented soon.

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