New hospitals just the beginning - minister

2011-01-21 14:15

Pretoria - The five new tertiary hospitals to be built across the country -- to cost more than the World Cup stadia - are only the beginning, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said on Friday.

"Mpumalanga, the North West... These provinces don't have it... The five [are] just the beginning," he told reporters in Pretoria.

The five are the Chris Hani Baragwanath and George Mukhari hospitals in Gauteng, the King Edward hospital in KwaZulu-Natal, the Nelson Mandela hospital in the Eastern Cape and a new facility in Polokwane, Limpopo.

Motsoaledi said it was likely many of the hospitals would be torn down and rebuilt, instead of refurbished.

They were likely to cost more than the World Cup stadia - which ran into billions of rands - and be funded from a number of sources, including the government and private banks.

Medical faculties were also needed at the various facilities.

  • Eric - 2011-01-21 14:26

    Your story doesnt make any sense at all. Do you people ever proof read your articles?

      suicidescriptures - 2011-01-21 15:01

      I was thinking the same thing. Everyday there are mistakes that 12years old dont even make any more.

      jouplesier - 2011-01-21 23:27

      please direct your comments at our government organisation, SAPA ( that released this article (new24 for the most part do not write these article, they only publish it as is)... you will not that ALL SAPA articles are poorly written, without content and has a stench of groundless fables surrounding it

  • kylespobox - 2011-01-21 14:28


      Tieneke - 2011-01-21 15:10

      State of the art hospitals with under qualified and un-motivated staff means NOTHING! Spend money on proper training first, then our current infra structure will work sooooo much better.

  • JudithNkwe - 2011-01-21 14:28

    Draastic measures - why tear down things when they can be renovated? And are the medical and non-medical staff going to work with discipline?

      richard - 2011-01-21 15:17

      You are so right Judith, people are dying in the current hospitals because they are not treated well, not enough products to do the job with, the list is endless. What difference is this going to make. More election tactics my girl,

      Sedick - 2011-01-21 15:45

      Because it is easier to build big things, and more money for the cadres to be made. ..... Fixing, training, etc is too difficult for the New South Africans

      Wonderboy - 2011-01-21 15:48

      Africa does not "maintain" it rebuilds. If a pothole does not have enough road around it, a new road will be built. The same seems to go for hospitals. For a moment I thought they were going to build 5 EXTRA hospitals!!! Ha Ha

  • watalife - 2011-01-21 14:49

    The reporter left out one point, he forgot to mention its voting time again so the ANC will try anything to gain points.

  • Melly30 - 2011-01-21 15:03

    This should of been done many years ago - just like the power stations!!! But no... The ANC cant see past their nose just like their followers - only where there is a problem, they do something!! Please Idiots!!! Sorry ANC, how many Unqualified staff will you hire to run it into the ground??!!

      TOLDUSO - 2011-01-21 15:11

      Who is going to run these hospital's? The dead!!!!

  • goyougoodthing - 2011-01-21 15:05

    Why? The ones we have don't function. Remember the dead guy in Durban they only found when he began to stink...

      tkotze - 2011-01-21 15:31

      It is not the hospital walls that is the problem, neither is it the equipment in them that still works'. Cleaning staff to blame (inherently then the managers of the hospital), the nurses who give a shit and let people die because they wanted to chit-chat (not racist, fact, just happened to our family) and ignored machines in ICU, and doctors who care only for the 5 minutes they put out for the patient, not the 5 minutes there after, or the 5 minutes before. Fix the managers, keep the hospitals at least clean, then get some better management of doctors, and force a bit more responsibility on doctors regarding patients. Even with the first two hospitals can become a descent place again. No need to build a whole new hospital with all the new stuff, throwing away working old stuff an re-injecting it with the same staff which previously destroyed the old hospital

  • - 2011-01-21 15:06

    Discipline, commitment???? these are 2 words new South Africans do not understand, respect and adhere to. It is the norm in SA that if you do not like something, burn it down or break it down. Pay your taxes so that these facilities can be maintained and improved - Nooooo.

  • richard - 2011-01-21 15:11

    Very nice story for the next elections minister. Shame poor people will believe again and vote ANC again I suppose.

  • Green - 2011-01-21 15:11

    Meanwhile the kempton park hospital stands vacant for the past 12 years, is vandalised, costs millions in so-called security and is an eye-sore.

      CoBre - 2011-01-21 15:25

      Agree 100%. Been there and couldn't believe my eyes !

      nee.ek.weet - 2011-01-21 15:34

      i will post my post again :-) yeah well, kempton park hospital still standing empty after empty promises. costing the tax payer 1million a year for security. non medical supposed to have opened end 2009. promise was made that it will be fully operational by 2012..election time...

  • Real_Issue - 2011-01-21 15:12

    Why tear or bring these existing hospital down instaed of building new modern tertiatry hospitals to accomodate the ever increasing population. Please dont break down what is currently there but build new ones rather please. Eish people!!! think for the future generations please as they will be proud of this current generation of building new ones as we found those build long time.

  • Shisstirrer QBE - 2011-01-21 15:15

    Amazing that medical facilities are needed at new hospitals , who figured that out

      Will2.0 - 2011-01-21 18:20

      Not you...the article says faculties.

  • CoBre - 2011-01-21 15:24

    Has anyone been to Kempton Park hospital. Can't they just revamp that at a fraction of the cost !!

  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-01-21 15:26

    Yep...just the beginning of the END..

  • jjhvan - 2011-01-21 15:30

    They inherited perfectly well functioning hospitals and ran them into the ground. How long will these new ones last?

  • nee.ek.weet - 2011-01-21 15:32

    yeah well, kempton park hospital still standing empty after empty promises. costing the tax payer 1million a year for security. non medical supposed to have opened end 2009. promise was made that it will be fully operational by 1012..election time...

      nee.ek.weet - 2011-01-21 15:33

      2012...not 1012...apologies

  • ekke - 2011-01-21 15:35

    The Nelson Mandela Hospital in Mthatha is then a "new" hospital?! Do they know how many state of the art equipment is standing in their plastic still, because they don't employ doctors who know how to work with it. With there already being a shortage of hospitals, and Chris Hani Hosp being the biggest hosp in the world?, why would they want to tear it down and build from scratch? What is going to the patients that are seen at the hospital, as the building is not going to take only 2 years! The Dept of health/minister should focus on what is important. Why don't they inform the people that they "stripped" tertiary hospitals of their "tertiary" state some time ago? Hospitals that were already short-staffed and short on beds were made even "smaller" in the sense that they cut staff[note that there were already a shortage of medical staff, but yet they CUT staff], they minimised the amount of beds per hall in the hospitals, resulting in even fewer patients can be seen, whilst there were already too few beds available prior to that. NOW all of a sudden they want to build new tertiary hospitals? And where is this money coming form now, while they've been cutting the budget at so many hospitals every year for the last couple of years?!

  • bekie - 2011-01-21 15:36

    This minister talks a lot. People want quality health care system.

  • goyougoodthing - 2011-01-21 15:43

    regardless of anything, why do people think it is their 'right' to have healthcare when 'they' don't pay for it. I do and I don't even use it.

  • Among Trees - 2011-01-21 16:00

    This is a good thing, stop moaning. In the seventies when the apartheid regime spent a million rand on bronze ox wagons for a monument to celebrate a bloodbath no one complained. At least this project is going to put up state of the art hospitals. Try to swallow your bile and get over yourselves.

      sean.sharkie - 2011-01-21 17:45

      How is this a good thing in the short term?! Where are the current patients going to go to? These aren't simply small hospitals, so it is going to take years to tear them down and rebuild them. Why can they simply not renovate them? Or perhaps build the new hospitals and then tear the existing ones down when complete?

  • Snowbuddy - 2011-02-11 16:53

    This is "job creation" ... we'll keep going around in circles. The hospitals we DO have, don't have proper qualified, professional, caring service so instead of training these individuals to perform their jobs properly, they'll rather create more jobs and place some more untrained, unprofessional people in there to "man" the hospitals ... this way, they create jobs for more "uncaring" individuals who just "want a job"...

  • Snowbuddy - 2011-02-11 17:16

    This is what they call "job creation" !!! We'll keep going around in circles - why improve existing things if they can use our hard earned tax money to create more jobs for even more unskilled, untrained, unprofessional people who don't give a damn about people's lives and who "only want a job" and will sit there chatting to their friends whilst a patient is in dire need of assistance? I mean really ... that would be asking to much for these people who are supposed to be working in hospitals to care for the sick and who should have a passion for saving lives. But they don't give a hoot about saving lives ... they are just there because they need to fill the quotas or they are appointed to do "something" so that they "have a job"! There are very few nurses and staff that actually still have that passion for saving lives and to those of you who know someone who is still dedicated to "their calling" (because that is what it should be), thank you for your care. But for these hospital workers (most of them) it's merely "a job". The hospitals we DO have, don't have proper qualified, professional, dedicated staff so why waste more money in building new hospitals if they can't even perform their duties or improve current hospital care. No, they'll rather go the easy way (because they themselves don't have a clue about a passion for people's lives and probably wouldn't know where to start to ensure that these people are trained properly. Makes me SICK ... pardon the pun!

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