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Funding crisis hits Eastern Cape health

2012-06-29 07:54

Johannesburg - A funding crisis has hit revitalisation projects at state hospitals in the Eastern Cape, Dispatch Online reported on Friday.

Some projects had already come to a halt, and the health department had been rendered unable to plan for future developments.

The department was even struggling to fix broken air-conditioners in operating theatres.

"Revitalisation projects are at risk. There’s just no money," acting head of infrastructure Mlamli Tuswa said.

The department faced a R22bn infrastructure and maintenance backlog that was also crippling service delivery.

The figure had reportedly risen the past five years, and the decline continued with widespread neglect of already ageing and failing public healthcare centres.

In the last six months, the figure had increased by R3bn, leaving the department struggling to maintain its 1 200 facilities across the province.

Johannesburg - A funding crisis has hit revitalisation projects at state hospitals in the Eastern Cape, Dispatch Online reported on Friday.

Some projects had already come to a halt, and the health department had been rendered unable to plan for future developments.

The department was even struggling to fix broken air-conditioners in operating theatres.

"Revitalisation projects are at risk. There’s just no money," acting head of infrastructure Mlamli Tuswa said.

The department faced a R22bn infrastructure and maintenance backlog that was also crippling service delivery.

The figure had reportedly risen the past five years, and the decline continued with widespread neglect of already ageing and failing public healthcare centres.

In the last six months, the figure had increased by R3bn, leaving the department struggling to maintain its 1 200 facilities across the province.

Business Day reported that the Port Elizabeth hospital complex could offer only emergency surgery, and that only before 17:00 on some days of the week, because of staff shortages. Some doctors had not been paid since January.

The complex includes Dora Nginza hospital, Livingston hospital, and the Port Elizabeth provincial hospital.

"The department of health has placed a moratorium on the appointment of new junior and specialist doctors, while at the same time not renewing the contracts of doctors," the heads of units said in a joint statement.

Comments
  • Renard De Souza - 2012-06-29 08:02

    VIVA ANC VIVA, go give outside charities 2bn rand u clowns!

      Bless Boswell - 2012-06-29 08:14

      Their reason for making the donation was that it improved the standing of SA with the IMF. I do not see how it can - surely charity begins at home? I wonder what the IMF really thinks of a country that will betray its people in this way.

      Joe - 2012-06-29 08:14

      A funding crisis?! Really? Here’s a quiz - Pick the correct answer: Why is there a funding crisis? A – Corruption B - Incompetence C – Gross Negligence D – All of the above What is the solution? A – Blame Apartheid B – Expropriate land C – Replace one corrupt official with another D – Vote for a stronger opposition D is for DOWN with the ANC!!

      loading123 - 2012-06-29 08:26

      That's US$2 billion actually, about R16.5 billion

      Squeegee - 2012-06-29 08:46

      Joe, you forgot laziness and entitlement.

      E=MC2 - 2012-06-29 08:53

      The only crisis the Eastern Cape has is the African National Crisis!

      E=MC2 - 2012-06-29 08:54

      what you guys must remember that the money contributed to the IMF is a loan, & hasnt been earmarked to be used. IF it is used, we get interest paid back with it, so its not "given" away.

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-06-29 08:57

      This has been going on for years, it will never change, Viva......

      Charles-Bronson - 2012-06-29 09:02

      Any thing the king of thief's (ANC) touch is a crisis.

      jack.milosevic - 2012-06-29 09:08

      Why is everyone so upset, what else were you expecting to read? Get used to it because this will now be the norm for the next 29 years. Apartheid lasted 46 years the ANC has now had 17 years, leaving another 29 before all discrimination policies can be scrapped ie AA, BEE, University for underachievers etc. People with skills/experiance will be employed rather than their skin colour.

  • chris.cunning.14 - 2012-06-29 08:04

    Where did all our tax payer money go? A R3 billion is definitely not an oversight in the budget, so where is the money?

      Steve - 2012-06-29 08:53

      Well said Leonard. I live in the Eastern Cape and can assure you, not only is it the health sector that is poked, everything is in a serious state of collapse. Electricity supply is on s knife-edge, roads are shocking with very little done to effect meaningful repairs, in fact all services , with the exception of SARS, are pathetic. Where did the money that has been budgeted for over the last 18 years go we ask. The answer is so obviously simple. The cANCer and it's cronies has set themselves up at the expense of the people they are supposed to serve. Many public servants have followed suit, plundering the country's finances and bringing SA to the state it is in. Check out the cars they drive and the houses they live in. Must be being paid very well. The cANCer is nothing but a bunch of lying, thieving ex-terrorists who do not have a clue how to govern. Rise up the DA and save this rotting country. Just where you would start to clean up this mess, I don't know.

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-06-29 08:59

      Yep - a few Billion Rand on a new plane now. When will it stop? When will the Votas open their eyes? When will they start spending what they should be spending on basic services for all?

  • jean.tredoux.5 - 2012-06-29 08:06

    I would say slowly but steady the anc is f**king up the EC but their moving at record speed.

      colin.dovey - 2012-06-29 09:01

      Make that EC+G+NW+NC+FS+MP+L+KZN WC is the ONLY one not in crisis.....why?

      Steve - 2012-06-29 09:01

      Already shot. Do yourself a favour. Arm yourself to the teeth and then take a drive to East London. Drive around there for a day. Then drive to Mthatha via Butterworth and Idutywa. Take photos and videos of the filth and the shocking condition of everything. Then show them to all your friends who have never been to the Eastern Cape, because they will never believe you if you just tell them.

      E=MC2 - 2012-06-29 11:16

      Xavier7034 - spot on!!

      Antipoaching - 2012-06-29 16:04

      its really horrible to love your Province passionately, take pride in its people, its spirit, its history and its natural wonders and be shamed by your Provincial Govt making your beloved Province a centre of corruption, mis-management and failure.... I wish I could believe that the "2nd Transition/Phase/Whatever would make one iota of difference but the same hogs will feed at the same trough and the NGO's will have to apply band-aids to societies poorest...

  • elkita.robbertse - 2012-06-29 08:07

    The ANC is bringing this country down to a struggeling state.They must stop stealing and look after hospitals and healtcare.They don.t care about the poeple.What a mess this ANC is.Slegte goed

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-06-29 08:12

    Do an immediate cost of living audit on the premier and on the minister of health of the Eastern Cape. My guess is you will not have to look any further for the money. Those who cripple health services with their greed must be charged with murder. And another thing: How can the minister of arts and culture plan to upgrade the historical sites of the E Cape, when the hospital services are not running?

  • Ian - 2012-06-29 08:15

    Why not recover the "lost " money from those corrupt officials instead of giving them golden handshakes to leave???????

  • Andrew - 2012-06-29 08:15

    Yeah all the ANC cadres have stolen it or have taken it through inflated tenders!!!!!!

  • vmeiring1 - 2012-06-29 08:16

    Wonder why? My wife worked there and the hospitals is ran by no other than ??????? political appointments who's not experienced nor qualified for the jobs, and who decide is getting bonusis when and how much. It's what we call, a joke.

      Steve - 2012-06-29 09:03

      A very very sick one brother.

  • Stille - 2012-06-29 08:20

    Stop all the wellfare payments to fix the hospitals. Then see how you really p*ss people off. I can only chuckle at the inevitable outcome of this sadass country of ours

  • sibusiso.mkoko - 2012-06-29 08:21

    Why can't national DOH intervene as they did in Limpopo, which had much smaller (but unacceptible) problems than the E.C? May the good Lord bless that province.

  • bomb.technician.5 - 2012-06-29 08:25

    Its going gooooodddddddd!!!!!!!!

  • bernard.buckley.3 - 2012-06-29 08:28

    Cancel Zuma's new plane and give the money to the Eastern Cape.

      Antipoaching - 2012-06-29 16:06

      why so the EC cadres can steal that money as well?

  • frans.vanderpoll - 2012-06-29 08:29

    How many crises can this poor province still handle. Believe me, if the Eastern Cape was a person it would have committed suicide by now. Now wonder the people are flocking to the WC in their thousands.

  • Don.Tandy - 2012-06-29 08:33

    But the ANCorruption can justify R2b for a jet for showerhead, so he can swan it around like yet another african tin-pot dictator. What a bunch of wankers.

  • marion.friedenthal - 2012-06-29 08:35

    Is this article emphasis by repetition? Guess the government will blame the fact that they aren't collecting etolls and are therefore having to rob peter to pay paul. Thank God I don't live in the Eastern Cape or Limpopo. The evidence of what is wrong in SA. For the next two years government should freeze all MP's, MEC's etc., salaries, put a moratorium on replacement of fancy cars and lavish functions, reduce number of people allowed to go on overseas trips etc., and use that money to fix their bug-ger-ups. When they have fixed things they can hop on their gravy train again.

      marion.friedenthal - 2012-06-29 08:46

      meant to say: ... moratorium on salary increases...

  • theo.schoeman.71 - 2012-06-29 08:37

    This must be crisis number 44,999,678,789,122 - for this financial year. Pathetic people, pathetic leaders, pathetic ruling party, pathetic president

      colin.dovey - 2012-06-29 09:03

      I checked.....44,999,678,789,122 adds up to 13 (significant hey?)

  • faerrab - 2012-06-29 08:48

    Call a few OU boere out of retirement to help fix the mess..........

  • lisa.evansdominick - 2012-06-29 08:57

    Is there is single department in this ANC led government that is not in a shambles... what an absolute disgrace and we have ourselves to blame for voting these clowns into power. by not voting it is as good as voting for them. Common South Africa vote for any opposition party!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • rob.bayliss.94 - 2012-06-29 09:06

    The statemene here that service delivery is being affected by the backlog of infrastructure support tells a lot. 1. A backlog is caused because maintenance is NOT done so that interventions either do not happen at all or they become emergency high cost activities. 2. The mentality that maintenance IS NOT service delivery is exactly why SA's public spaces and facilities have detiorated to a third world state. This is a great example of incompetent planning/budgetting/implementation/monitoring. As I have said before...setting the quality expectations for NHI!

      Gaby - 2012-06-29 09:30

      Coming to a theatre near you.

  • mikenortje - 2012-06-29 09:08

    OOOOOHHH!!!!! wait for it ..... a little longer ....... you fix this mess by giving the good Doctors ...... wait for it ...... a diciplinary hearing for talking to the media ....... yes ANC scum that will fix the problem. My Goodness people of SA vote for anyone else but this ANC scum. http://www.algoafm.co.za/article.aspx?id=2613

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-06-29 09:13

    Of course there is money! We are buying Zuma some executive jets at a cost of R 2bn. Then we still have a lot of money to operate these jets for fun and to pay for all of the ANC's jaunts all over the world. We are a highly prosperous country and the people have the ANC to thank for this. The EC is just a bit bored. That is why they come out with silly stories like this.

  • johnathon.masters - 2012-06-29 09:14

    Anyway, our Government is well aware of the funding crisis in our health care system, and very sympathetic towards it. Zuma has shown his full support by buying a new 2 billion rand private jet, so he can continue with his 2 weekly jollies all over the world. With such support, things can only improve for the financial crisis in almost all Government Departments including education, hospitals, police, housing supply to the very poor, service delivery, expensive infrastructure developments requiring bandit e-toll fund raising ventures, roads pock marked with potholes etc. Zuma must become President for life, as his main interest and concern is for the poor, unskilled, unemployed youth, and homeless citizens of this country. Also the country is so awash with funds that we can give billions towards the BRICS alliance, indicating that the Government has brilliantly assumed our GDP is in fact on par with China’s.

  • Carpenter - 2012-06-29 09:15

    That with the education refugees, well done!!! idiotsville

  • THABOM85 - 2012-06-29 09:18

    ....nd then you \invest\ $2 billion wth the IMF.

  • phillys.winterbottom - 2012-06-29 09:30

    and two beeeelyoooon for de zuma to zoooom around de weld fo mahala!!!!!

  • phillys.winterbottom - 2012-06-29 09:32

    the ANC want a total failure in EC. that will then be a good excuse to "merge" the WC and EC together so that the DA will lose power. It is the only way these cretins will "win" back the WC.

  • darryl.maze1 - 2012-06-29 10:04

    Well this is just the tip of the iceberg. This is just one of the provinces run by the ANC. Soon the rest of the ANC provinces are gonna be like the eastern cape. But to be honest I dont care. You ANC supporters keep voting this party in and this is what you gonna keep landing up with. Its time you all catch a wake up and stop being brain washed by your ANC leaders and all there false promises. I dont care what u ANC supporters think of the western cape either, but this is the only province that is setting an example of how a province should be run. You ANC memebers can marching for service deliveries and housing till you blue in the face but your ANC government only cares about your vote and then its back to empty promises and you the ppl suffer

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-06-29 10:14

    Project Revitalisation...a f*ck up of monumental proportions even before it started!! Makes u think doesn't it !? Can these peckerwoods do anything right ???

  • Mike Peach Purchase - 2012-06-29 11:54

    A jet was bought with those funds.

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-06-29 13:45

    Now where have all the money gone?. Spend on a jet for a certain gentleman?.

  • shellerjc.rjc - 2012-06-29 14:02

    and Zuma buys a 2bn rand plane instead of helping the state hospitals in this country. Yeah, I rest my case on stupidity

  • Clive - 2012-06-29 15:53

    For any R2bn lying around, surely hospitals and schools should be at the front of the queue, not another jet for his majesty?

  • braamc - 2012-06-29 17:43

    Funds all stolen by the ANC filth

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