The Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation, Dr Blade Nzimande, officially launched a roving fleet of mobile clinics in Ulundi, KwaZulu-Natal on Thursday, 17 September 2020.


The Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Innovation District Campus Health and Wellness fleet will provide primary health care to underserved technical and vocational education and training (TVET) and community education and training (CET) colleges, as well as rural and disadvantaged university campuses in the province.


The service will increase the capacity of the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Innovation to provide health-care services to post-school education and training institutions.


The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) and Department Science and Innovation (DSI), which fall under the Ministry, collaborated on securing the fleet of 10 fully furnished and equipped mobile clinics on a four-year lease at no cost to the Higher Health, which will be managing the project on behalf of the Ministry.


Higher Health is a national agency that provides a range of health and psychosocial services at universities and TVET colleges across the country.  The aim is to help prevent students dropping out of their courses for health-related reasons.


The Minister visited Nkonjeni Hospital in Ulundi as part of the Cabinet's deployment of ministers and deputy ministers as District Champions of various municipalities.


Minister Nzimande was deployed as District Champion of Zululand District Municipality along with KwaZulu-Natal Transport, Community Safety and Liaison MEC Bheki Ntuli, Zululand District Municipality Mayor Cllr TD Buthelezi, and Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi.


The visit focused on the district's COVID-19 response plans, interventions to eradicate gender-based violence, and infrastructure and skills development in the region.


The government is using the recently adopted District Development Model (DDM) to institutionalise an integrated, district-based development approach aimed at fast-tracking service delivery and ensuring that municipalities work together and are adequately supported and resourced to carry out their mandate.


The DDM is a vehicle for ensuring that service delivery is refocused and implementation strengthened through a well-coordinated and coherent national programme of action. The model seeks to eradicate inefficiencies and duplications caused by the various spheres and branches of government operating in silos.