- “Investments from private infrastructure development in the second quarter of the 2018/19 financial year totalled an amount of E 37 104 000”
Mbabane – The board, management and partners of the Ezulwini Referral Private Hospital have announced a phased approach to the opening of the health institution.
In a press statement, the management invited the public to take note of operational dates.
“The board, management and partners of the Ezulwini Private Hospital (EPH) are pleased to announce that we are preparing to open our doors to the public in a phased approach. Our Resident General Practitioners will be opening their doors to consult from the facility. Consultation by appointments only pending the official opening of the hospital,” reads the statement in part.
The communique continues to highlight, “March 15, 2022, our 24-hour Emergency department will start receiving emergency patients together with our medical ward being ready for admitting. Our maternity services are scheduled to start servicing the public in April 2022. We look forward to serving the community of Eswatini and invite the public to book their next appointment at our facility. Please feel free to engage us through our website https://www.ezulwiniprivatehospital.com.”
Meanwhile, The Municipal Council of Ezulwini was reported to have approved the construction of SwaziMed’s hospital valued at over E200 million late in 2018.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Vusi Matsebula disclosed that in August 2018, the office received an application from the Swaziland Medical Aid Fund (SwaziMed) to construct a medical facility.
“SwaziMed is proposing to construct a 100-bed referral hospital on Plot 6 of Farm 850 in the Ezulwini Municipality. The estimated cost of the proposed hospital is approximately E212 million,” said Matsebula.
The CEO said in September, the same year, SwaziMed had begun works on their boundary wall which is to be a retaining wall, as well as the bulk earthworks. Matsebula explained that the bulk earthworks will involve the corrections of contours within the site in preparation for future construction. It should be mentioned that Ezulwini attracted investments worth over E37 million in only three months.
During the second quarter of the 2018/19 financial year, the Ezulwini Municipality was flooded with building applications for both residential and commercial developments.
“Investments from private infrastructure development in the second quarter of the 2018/19 financial year totalled an amount of E 37 104 000,” disclosed Matsebula. In terms of large- scale private developments, there were applications for major commercial developments, Matsebula mentioned that they had been mainly received in previous financial years.
Matsebula disclosed that the upsurge for leisure and conferencing facilities which prompted Happy Valley to construct an additional 60 rooms worth E73 million was 78 per cent complete. The expansion of the Happy Valley Hotel is being done by Construction Associates (CA), that is a subsidiary of the Inyatsi Group.
The priciest of the large-scale structures being erected at Ezulwini is the International Convention Centre and Five Star Hotel being constructed by the Kukhanya, Inyatsi and Stefanutti Stocks Joint Venture valued at over E2 billion which is 59 per cent complete. The total number of jobs created could not be immediately ascertained but a construction expert projected that between 500 and 1 000 people had been hired when taking into consideration the magnitude of the project being undertaken.
On the opposite direction of the state-of-the-art hotel and convention centre, is the Eswatini Revenue Authority (ERA) headquarters which was projected to cost over E300 million when estimated to be about 79 percent complete at the time. The principal contractor is Stefanutti Stocks and the project managers are APM Consulting while MA Consulting Engineers takes care of the engineering aspect.
Within the same periphery, a multimillion office park and shopping complex is also being constructed by MA Properties. The property, which sits on an 8 000 square-metre plot opposite Corner Plaza, comprises of a 15-storey office space and a retail centre to be operated by OK Foods as anchor tenant.
The construction tender was awarded to the Mbhilibhi Group while project management is undertaken by professionals from MA Consulting Engineers. The total number of jobs created is about 200 people.
During the presentation of the annual report to stakeholders, property owners and residents, the CEO highlighted that there has been an increase in the applications for commercial developments, urban townships and churches.
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