The relationship between the Nelson Mandela Bay metro and the city of Jacksonville in the US has brought benefits to the community of Ward 41, which now has a state-of-the-art mobile clinic, and can look forward to other spin-offs from the partnership.
A delegation from Jacksonville paid a visit to Nelson Mandela Bay in April and donated the mobile clinic to the community of Chatty in Booysens Park.
This donation has been well received by the community, who had to travel long distances to neighbouring areas to access health services.
Spokesperson Kupido Baron said the sister city relationship between Nelson Mandela Bay and Jacksonville goes back 12 years when the two municipalities agreed to assist each other in identified areas of priority.
Jacksonville sister cities secretary Tina Daniels said the mobile clinic was bought with a grant of $2m (R16.7m) from the Gate Foundation under the African Urban Poverty Alleviation Programme.
Said Daniels: “We were chosen out of 27 American cities to receive money from the grant, and we identified different areas in Nelson Mandela Bay, with Booysen Park and public health as our priority.
”Working with the department of education and the municipality, we will be focusing on sanitation programmes and renovations to schools,” said Daniels.
Nelson Mandela Bay deputy executive mayor Nancy Sihlwayi said the mobile clinic was a much-needed facility for the Chatty community.
“We are extremely grateful to the Jacksonville sister city delegation for the donation, knowing the good this facility will do in the community of Ward 41,” said Sihlwayi.
Chatty community member
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