The Limpopo Department of Social Development is putting systems in place to ensure that the provision of services at the Shiluvana Frail Care Centre outside Tzaneen continues unhindered. This is as the Life Esidimeni contract with the Department of Social Development is coming to an end on the 30th of September 2021.
A task team was established at the level of EXCO to ensure that a long lasting solution is found on the running of the centre. The task team has, among other things recommended that the contract of Life Esidimeni be extended by a further 12 months to allow the Department of Social Development and the Department of Health enough time to finalize the matter as well as the appointment of a transactional advisor who will investigate and recommend the most appropriate management option for the centre.
The Department of Social Development wishes to take this opportunity to dismiss the allegations by the DA that suggests that the Shiluvana Frail Care centre is a “ticking timebomb”. To the Department’s knowledge there are two occupational therapists as required by the staff establishment of the centre. The Department, will however launch an investigation into the allegations about the shortage of water and poor ablution facilities.
The safety and comfort of the residents remain the department’s priority and the department will continue to keep its finger on the pulse of the transitional phase because such a transition should not affect the most vulnerable citizens of the country.
Further developments will be announced as engagements are still continuing at a Provincial Government level.