Published on : Wednesday, September 22, 2021
Since July 2021, the iconic CTICC or (Cape Town International Convention Centre) has been home to one of the Western Cape’s largest vaccination centres, the Vaccination Centre of Hope, where over 90, 000 people have received their Covid-19 vaccinations. The vaccination centre is a partnership with the City of Cape Town, Wetern Cape Government, Discovery Health, and the CTICC to accelerate the vaccination programme within the Western Cape.
Currently, close to 2000 citizens are vaccinated each day at the centre. This impressive achievement is thanks to the medical and administrative staff of the Western Cape Province, who has worked tirelessly with the team at the CTICC and their partners. The CTICC staff and suppliers have been instrumental in the day-to-day operations of the vaccination site. The team provides ushering, cleaning, maintenance of sanitization stands, electrical and lighting, ensuring the air-conditioning systems are working correctly, technical support, and a friendly welcome.
The CTICC’s reliable and fast internet connection also allows for the management of bookings and registrations. Taubie Motlhabane, Chief Executive Officer of CTICC, said, “The recovery of tourism is highly dependent on the ability of people to be able to meet safely. Any support we can give to assist in a faster recovery of the tourism industry is of paramount importance to us.
Taubie further adds, “We are also extremely proud to say that so far, 87% of our entire staff compliment of 155 has received their first jab. 100 of the 155 staff are fully vaccinated.” By combining public and private sector resources and capacity, the Vaccination Centre of Hope offers access to the Covid-19 vaccine to both medical scheme members and uninsured citizens, free of charge, through payment agreements between the Department of Health and medical aids. The CTICC’s current function as an essential health resource and support centre is indicative of its role and intention to remain a key player in the city’s landscape – and an ever-evolving hub of innovation and resourcefulness.
“The only way to get ahead of the Covid-19 pandemic is to work together. This project started back in March 2021 and came online when our citizens needed it most. The CTICC is proud to be part of this equal opportunity effort. Together, we can safeguard our communities and make a difference in many people’s lives,” Deon Cloete, Chairperson of the Cape Town International Convention Centre Company (Convenco), said.