Twelopele frail care

Patients at the Tswelopele Frail Care center in Hilbrow. Photo: Twelopele

72 disabled patients set to be homeless due to nursing home’s closure

A Hilbrow nursing home is set to close at the end of the month. This will leave 72 frail and disabled patients with nowhere to go.

Twelopele frail care

Patients at the Tswelopele Frail Care center in Hilbrow. Photo: Twelopele

The DA in Gauteng is sounding the alarm bells over Tswelopele Frail Care Centre. The centre will officially be closing at the end of March. While the party says it’s from a lack of support from the Department of Social Development, over 70 patients are about to be left homeless.

Tswelopele Frail Care Centre to close, 72 left homeless

In a statement, DA Gauteng spokesperson for Social Development Bronwyn Engelbrecht, tears into the provincial government. According to Engelbrecht, the provincial department of Social Development has failed to rescue the centre.

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Tswelopele is a non-profit organisation that has been operating for 17 years in the Hillbrow area of Johannesburg. Over the years, its offered 24-hour residential frail care, social work services and safety beds.

The centre has also offered learning opportunities for both nursing students and final year medical students. 55 staff are set to lose their jobs as a result of the centre’s closure.

The centre currently owes over R3 million in rental fees.

“This is a great loss to the community as well as students and aspiring students in this field as they will not have an accessible centre for them to do practical work. Tswelopele is faced with a severe financial challenge and is unable to pay its rental fees and R3 million is now outstanding.”

DA MPL Bronwyn Engelbrecht

Left to drown

Engelbrecht and Tswelopele say the centre has been requesting assistance from the Department of Social Development since 2019. Despite this, the centre only heard back from the department once.

Tswelopele has done its work thanks to the subsidy it receives from the department. However, this has not been enough to deal with rising costs and debt.

The DA has written to Gauteng MEC for Social Development Morakane Mosupyoe. It’s demanding urgent intervention for relocating the 72 frail and disabled patients.