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Afrox is upgrading its service facilities at hospitals across South Africa. This is part of the company’s R150 million investment strategy to deliver on the state healthcare tender award to supply hospitals and clinics across the nine provinces.

Afrox upgrades hospital service facilitiesTo meet demand for what is expected to be thousands of extra tons of medical gases under the new state healthcare contract, Afrox is also looking at opening new medical filling facilities in Klerksdorp, Kimberly, possibly Newcastle. It is also looking at upgrading its Bloemfontein site and the GOC site in Germiston.

“We are looking at a capex investment on hospital sites in Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), the Free State and North West of more than R150 million. The first tanks and back-up cylinders are being installed as part of a co-ordinated roll out programme, supported by Afrox’s Customer Engineering Services and the distribution teams in various regions. Our strategic plan is to install some 62 new bulk tanks and roll out a fleet of 40 000 cylinders to service state healthcare needs, and to achieve this by February 2019,” says Joseph Ramashala, head of Afrox Healthcare.

According to him, two new compact rigid bulk tankers will be purchased to enable safe deliveries to those hospitals with limited access, especially in KZN. Linde Engineering and Afrox Bulk Engineering Services will be responsible for constructing new tanks and refurbishing existing equipment.

Plans are also in place to offer state hospitals the new integrated medical gas control valve, Ramashala says. Deliveries are expected to start arriving in South Africa in early 2019. 

Afrox now officially supplies more than 400 hospitals and 1600 clinics across South Africa. “As part of our rollout plan, the Sales teams have prepared comprehensive welcome packs for the hospitals. We will make this changeover, from the previous supplier to Afrox services, safely and as seamless as possible for hospital management and we will be promoting the use our e-commerce channels to place orders and manage their accounts online,” says Ramashala.

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