Dr Shabir Moosa, MMed, MBA, PhD

Jhb Family Medicine

Johannesburg is where the deals are made. It’s the most powerful commercial centre on the African continent.

There’s hardly a major international company doing serious business in sub-Saharan Africa that has not looked to Johannesburg as the gateway. Johannesburg is the economic powerhouse of South Africa, and southern Africa. Founded in 1886 with the discovery of gold on the Reef, Johannesburg has grown into a world-class city: the provincial capital of Gauteng and the financial centre of the country. It is home to the JSE Limited, the largest stock exchange on the continent and the 16th biggest in the world. Johannesburg generates 16.5 percent of the country’s wealth and employs 12 percent of the national workforce. More than 70 percent of South African companies have their headquarters here. It has a financial, municipal, roads and telecommunications infrastructure that matches that of leading world cities.

Johannesburg Health District is divided into 7 Regions or Sub-districts: A-G

Jhb Regions New MapSub-District A (Midrand)
Sub-District B (Coronation-Sandton)
Sub-District C (Roodepoort)
Sub-District D (Soweto)
Sub-District E (Alex)
Sub-District F (Hillbrow-Rosettenville)
Sub-District G (Lens-Orange Farm)

Johannesburg, with a population of 3,8m spread across 1m households, is characterised by its youthful residents, with 42 percent of the population under the age of 24 and 49 percent under the age of 34. The city’s population is also growing, largely as a result of migration from other parts of the country, and the number of households is increasing, placing huge demands on the City’s economic and social infrastructure. Most of the city’s poor live in Soweto (Sub-District D) and Orange Farm (Sub-District G) in the southern parts of Jhb with the historical small township of Alex (Sub-District E) in the rich north. There are important new townships burgeoning in the north – Cosmo City (near Kya Sand), Diepsloot and areas near Tembisa eg Ivory Park…all in Sub-District A. The Inner City & CBD (Sub-District F) has been suffering urban decay but is being resuscitated as a centre of political and government attention. It is the focus of African migrancy. Most of the wealthy and middle classes have migrated northwards into the leafy suburbs of Sub-Districts A, B & C.

Family Medicine in Johannesburg

The Department of Family Medicine in Johannesburg Metro was established on 2006, together with such Departments in other Gauteng districts. It is trying to strengthen the quality of health care for patients by developing a flexible, multi-skilled and multi-disciplinary primary health care team approach in Clinics, Community Health Centres and the four hospitals in Johannesburg –  Edenvale Regional Hospital, South Rand District Hospital, Bheki Mlangeni District Hospital and Lens South District Hospital. We support priorities in health: HIV-AIDs (incl. ARVs), TB, Mother-Child-Women’s-Health, Chronic Diseases and Mental Health. There is work on improving referral & communications – with local government clinics and referral hospitals.

However there are only 6 family physicians in Johannesburg as at 2022, 18 years later. The people of Johannesburg deserve personalised and patient-centred health care in community-oriented family practices of family physician-doctor-clinical associate-nurse teams. Hence the focus on COPC and the Chiawelo Community Practice.

See more about Gauteng and Family Medicine in this.

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