22 September 2020
The Robert Gumede Keni Foundation together with leading ICT company Gijima have
donated five Covid-19 temperature monitors, face recognition, security metal detector scanners worth about
four million-rand. The health equipment was donated to several public hospitals and clinics in the
Mpumalanga province. The beneficiaries include the Rob Ferreira Hospital, Themba Hospital, Tonga Hospital,
Embhuleni Hospital in the Elukwatini region, Tintswalo Hospital and lastly the Kanyamazane Clinic. The 4IR
smart Covid-19 scanners have helped eliminate queues and have assisted in identifying high-risk patients with
Covid-19 symptoms in time. “The scanners donated will remain useful as they can still be used post covid-19,
the hospitals will always need temperature detectors. The smart scanners also help eliminate fraudulent civil
claims against the Department of Health, says Dr P Gumede”.
The 4IR smart Covid-19 scanners are placed at entrances and are used as a walkthrough body detector to
detect high body temperatures, age, gender and If the person walking through is wearing a mask or not. This
artificial intelligence technology was developed by Gijima and a Chinese global digital technology company,
Hikvision. An alarm goes off if high temperatures are registered as an early warning system, this helps the
hospitals and clinics to help lessen the number of people entering their premises who might potentially have
the Covid-19 virus from being in contact with other patients.
South Africa has now recorded over half-a-million confirmed infections, according to an announcement made
recently by the Minister of health, Dr. Zweli Mkhize. About 3 272 caases are still active in the Mpumalanga
province, this leaves Mpumalanga as number 6 in the country with regards to the number of people who have
tested positive, it is therefore a priority for the Robert Gumede Foundation and Gijima to ensure that the
province remains in this position and not one with the highest number of infections in South Africa.
The Robert Gumede Keni Foundation and Gijima, plans to avail more funds in order to help develop more
scanners and donate more of them to other public hospitals and clinics across the country.
As the country moves into level one, the need for artificial intelligence and 4IR grows exponentially and
requires attention immediately. Gijima planson investing more time in developing solutions that will assist
the country and the world with continuing with life safely in this new era of new- normal at the back of its
Health Information Systems for NHI. Gijima is one of the major suppliers of high tech and 4IR health systems
to Provincial Government Department of Health hospitals, community clinics, private hospitals etc.
The population in the Mpumalanga province is just over 3 million people which represents about 7.3% of the
total country’s population, more than 65% of the Mpumalanga province is underprivileged and cannot afford
private healthcare insurance. The MEC for Health in Mpumalanga, Ms. Sasekani Manzini has been working
tirelessly to ensure that more people get tested for Covid-19 and remain in good health for the new normal.
We are happy to have partnered the Province and the MEC Manzini, in flattening the curve of coronavirus.
We have witnessed the MEC work tirelessly in the province in her fight to save lives and livelihoods by
encouraging our people to use health protocols and protect our first responders (doctors, nurses, health
The Robert Gumede Foundation and Gijima hope that with the donation of the scanners to the various
hospitals, frontline workers will be further empowered to decrease the potential second wave through
non-contact screening of incoming patients. “The fight to keep our hospitals available for critical medical
needs remains imperative and it is our belief that the presence of the Gijima smart 4IR scanners will
definitely assist in flattening the curve, this will ensure that.