The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) will provide funding of €5.2 million to support the conversion of the plant as well as the procurement of protective gear (PPE) for staff at regional tertiary hospitals, regional Primary Care Clinics and 49 Covid-19 test centres. The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH will provide the performance framework to account for the public and private engagement and will foster the cooperation with the private sector to establish a sustainable strategic alliance in Nelson Mandela Bay.
VWSA will contribute €1.37 million to the project. Additionally, VWSA will provide project management for the conversion of the facility and management of the procurement of the critical Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
The plant will be made available to government until March 2021, with the Department of Health and the NMBM responsible for the management and daily operations of the facility. The Business Chamber’s role has been to assist in facilitating the project and garnering further support from its membership base.
Following the signing of the agreement between the parties, the facility is to be completed in phases and handed over to government as the need for medical care in the Metro develops. The preparation of the first phase is currently ongoing and will take approximately six to eight weeks to be completed. This process will equip the medical facility to accommodate up to 1 484 patients.
This commitment is VWSA’s latest move in the fight against the global Covid-19 crisis. The company has also been working on the manufacture of ventilators, respirators and masks in partnership with other local businesses, and has offered ongoing support to the Business Chamber and the Municipality in their coordinated efforts to bolster medical care in Nelson Mandela Bay Metro.