The hospital is the realisation of a vision of local GP, Dr Jacky Rampedi, who has worked in the area around Block IA for two decades.

“Not only are we excited about the opportunity to help alleviate the problem of overcrowding in public hospitals, but we are also excited and optimistic about the job opportunities that the Botshilu Private Hospital will offer the people of Soshanguve,” said Rampedi.

Councillor Emily Nkosi of Ward 29 said the hospital was providing service in an area that had been under-serviced.

A doctor from a nearby surgery, who did not want to be named, said: “More skilled doctors, more hospitals and better access to quality health care service is a huge step in the right direction.”

Gloria Ndlangamandla, a long time patient of Rampedi, said the two nearest clinics were three and seven kilometres away and the community in the area had relied heavily on Rampedi, who also did home visits.

Lesiba Seakamela, a community development worker in the area said: “To have a private hospital in our community will reduce the burden and travelling distances to get better health care services.”

Rampedi said the facility, once complete would be much more than a new health care facility, but also a “symbol of our commitment to bring affordable, top quality and accessible health care to the people of South Africa”.