The Gauteng MEC for Health, Ms Nomantu Nkomo-Ralehoko inside the Phelophepa Health Train in Soweto. Photo: Gauteng Department of Health/ Facebook

AFFORDABLE health care services offered by Phelophepa Health Train in Soweto currently

Rush to the Dube Station in Soweto to receive healthcare services in the Phelophepa Health Train which boasts with a host of services.


The Gauteng MEC for Health, Ms Nomantu Nkomo-Ralehoko inside the Phelophepa Health Train in Soweto. Photo: Gauteng Department of Health/ Facebook

The Phelophepa Health Care Train (PHCT), which arrived at Dube Station in Soweto on 8 October 2023, continues to service the community – bringing state-of-the-art health equipment.


The Phelophepa Health Care Train has been parked alongside Platform One from 9 October until 20 October 2023 and can be accessed from Mncube Drive.

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Phelophepa, meaning “good clean health” a combination of Sotho and Tswana, has 19 carriages that will provide a host of health care services to the community on a first come, first served basis from 7.30 to 4pm daily except for weekends.

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Phelophepa operates with 24 staff members and 39 final-year students from various tertiary institutions specialising in pharmacy, psychology, dental and optometry.

These are dedicated professionals who provide the following services on board, daily except for weekends:

  • Edu-Clinic: A health education program for up to 20 community volunteers focuses on topics such as personal and environmental hygiene, nutrition, immunization, family planning, STD and HIV/AIDS prevention, alcohol abuse, and smoking. These trained volunteers will serve as support systems in their communities.
  • Roche Health Clinic: Screening for health problems, minor ailment treatment, and health education. Consultations are free, and prescribed medication costs R5.00 per script, with no cost for scholars.
  • Eye Clinic: Visual screening, eye tests, prescription and provision of spectacles at affordable rates.
  • Dental Clinic: Free oral health education and screening, with extractions, cleaning, and filling services available at nominal fees. Psychology/Counselling
  • Clinic: Qualified psychologists offer individual and group counselling and workshops on various topics. City of Johannesburg Group Communication and “We are excited to have Phelophepa in Soweto with the collaboration of Provincial Health, Transnet and the city”, said MMC for Health, Councillor Ennie Makhafola-Ramadimetja.

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Phelophepa was introduced in 1994 as Transnet’s Foundation social responsibility programme. A second train, Phelophepa II was introduced in 2013.
These trains visit eight Provinces annually, reaching more than 400,000 people per annum.

“Transnet has the infrastructure to reach people in poor, disadvantaged and rural areas of our country hence aiming to make health care accessible, affordable and available to all citizens and not to duplicate existing services offered by either the Department of Health’s Primary Health Care facilities or the City’s facilities”, said Molatwana Likhe, the Senior Manager at Transnet.

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