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Pretoria malls get Covid-19 testing stations

PRETORIA – The Gauteng Health Department has partnered with Rebosis Property Fund and Faith Care Medicals to set up testing stations in Rebosis owned malls around Pretoria.

Gauteng health MEC Bandile Masuku, Rebosis CEO Sisa Ngebulana and the founder of Faith Care Medicals Faith Mabuza on Tuesday officially opened Gauteng’s first mall-based Covid-19 testing station at the Forest Hill City shopping centre in Centurion.

The Forest Hill City shopping mall is close to the densely populated Olivenhoutbosch and Diepsloot townships, as well as other residential communities.

“We are grateful for this strategic partnership with Rebosis Property Fund and Faith Care Medicals, which will intensify the fight against the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. We wish to extend our appreciation to our partners for working with us to save lives,” Masuku said.

He has called on other businesses in the province to consider Covid-19 interventions that will increase screening and testing capacity especially in the areas identified as hotspots.

Phase two of the project will see another station being opened at the busy Bloed Street Mall in the Pretoria CBD. The mall has taxi ranks which services various routes including Mamelodi, Soshanguve, Mabone, Hebron, Hammanskraal and other townships.

While the third Covid-19 testing station is to be located at the Sunnypark Shopping Centre in the thickly populated Sunnyside area of Pretoria.

“Besides our ongoing commitment in assisting our poor communities through food distribution programmes and other necessities, it is much important to, among others, make testing accessible and less costly,” Ngebulana said.



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