According to the North West Department of Health (DoH), three clinics in Klerksdorp have been damaged by the earthquake that shook the area yesterday.

Provincial DoH spokesperson, Tebogo Lekgethwane, said that “Stilfontein Clinic and Parkstreet Clinic in Klerksdorp are completely shut down after severe structural damage.” The other clinic is under mine administration in Stilfontein; Lekgethwane indicated that renovations have already started on the mining clinic and that it’s expected to be functional today.

“As a temporary measure the department has arranged to use shuttle buses to ferry patients to nearby health facilities,” said Lekgethwane.

Today the North West MEC for Health, Dr. Magome Masike, is expected to visit health facilities in Klerksdorp and Stilfontein to assess the extent of the damage caused by the earthquake.

The extent of the full damage to the clinics will then be assessed by the MEC together with the infrastructure team of the DoH who will then advise on interventions needed to speed up renovations or reconstruction.

A preliminary assessment report, released by the Joint Operation Centre, shows that the earthquake measured 5.3 on the Richter scale. It caused structural damages to more than 400 houses and buildings in places including Khuma, Kanana, Tigane, Alabama and Jouberton.

The quake, which was felt in parts of the country including Gauteng, Free State, Mpumalanga and KZN, claimed the life of a homeless man, who was found under rubble at an abandoned mining village in Orkney.

Tremors were also felt in Botswana and Swaziland, and as far afield as Mozambique.

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