Clinic closes after Limpopo govt non-payment

2012-03-15 13:31

Groblersdal - The Limpopo government's failure to pay rent to an NGO has forced the closure of a clinic in the Sekhukhune region.

Though they had local residents' interests at heart, they would not allow the clinic at the old Jane Furse hospital buildings to operate unless health authorities paid R17 500 a month for rent, Jane Furse Memorial Village NGO spokesperson Tebogo Phasha said on Thursday.

About 5 000 people were affected.

“We feel pity for poor patients who come here daily and get no help since we closed the clinic on Monday.

We have been negotiating with nurses since last year to pay us because the clinic is using electricity, water and toilets, which are paid and maintained by our NGO," said Phasha.

Since the Jane Furse hospital relocated to the new premises, over 5km away about 10 years ago, the old building was returned to its original owners, the Anglican Church. However a clinic for outpatients was left at the old building.

“Now that the government no longer pays for water and electricity they must rent the space they are using and pay for these basics. To prove our humanity we still have goods and items belonging to the department of health still stored in other parts of our buildings,” he said.

Dept unsure of incident

Jameson Mogodumo, who accompanied his elderly mother to the clinic on Thursday, was disappointed to find the clinic closed with no signs of nurses.

“I guided my mother, 81, on foot for 3km up the mountains from Ga-Molepane village to come here for her chronic medication, but here now the clinic is closed.

"Walking for another 6km at her age and failing health to the hospital, or another clinic at Madibong or Dichweung, is impossible and we have no money for taxis.

"Nurses did not even inform us the clinic was closing. We would not have wasted our energies coming here."

When asked about the clinic's closure provincial health department spokesperson Joe Maila said he had no knowledge of this.

“I will investigate the matter and come back to you,” he said.

  • bradleybrits - 2012-03-15 13:40

    You got what you voted for..

      procold2 - 2012-03-15 14:03

      useless bunch EC and MP not any better

  • Sika - 2012-03-15 13:40

    I thought the National Government took over the administration, it looks like their presence is useless as well...!

  • Marrs - 2012-03-15 13:42

    Banana Province Limpopo, once again showing South Africa that they are indeed the ar5e h0le of the country.

      S - 2012-03-15 13:55

      That's why you just pass through there.

  • Fred - 2012-03-15 13:49

    Is the monthly rental R17 500? That's some ministers DAILY salary!!

      Marnus - 2012-03-15 14:23

      And some's HOURLY rate if you look at how little of our tax money is maid available to prevent exactly this kind of situation!

  • Gavin - 2012-03-15 13:54

    If you miss a payment to the goverment, they will shut you down or worse. But if they miss a payment - you have to shutdown. It is a DISGRACE that the Another National Crisis party can be allowed to conduct themselves in this manner. They were supposed to make things better, not perpetuate the legacy of apart hate through incompetence and corruption. COME ONE GUYS FOR F's SAKE, PULL YOUR HEADS OUT OF YOUR OXYGEN SUPPLIES.

      Piet - 2012-03-15 14:12

      During apartheid places like bara was known worldwide as one of the biggest medical instutions in the world. Weird ne.....

      Juan - 2012-03-15 14:20

      So much for the ANC helping the poor. But I can bet you that the fat cats on board the gravy train in limpopo lives in mansions and drive the latest sports cars, and enjoy the best private medical care.

  • chiepner - 2012-03-15 13:58

    Vote now we will sort out the problems later - poor being duped into lining the elite politicians pockets - and this is the cost. Just a thought - how many old age homes, charity orgs and so forth that is depended on LOTTO money seems to be closing their doors because of no funding? What is happening to all these LOTTO millions? WAIT! Silly question - off coarse some politician and politicly connected people within the ruling party is benifitting from this. - again - at what cost? Seems that the ANC's moral compas has gone so haywired that they will struggle to find their way out of a Macdonalds Drive Tru!

  • Nigel - 2012-03-15 14:01

    evota for the ANC this is what happens. Next is the Eastern Cape !!

  • Robin - 2012-03-15 14:07

    And they honestly believe NHI will make a difference? If they cannot even get the most basic services right, how on earth do they think better services on a higher level can operate without being destroyed in the process as happened with once great government hospitals?

      Lacrimose - 2012-03-15 21:03

      Nope they believe that if they create the mother of all crises, we'll all be frightened into the next round of changes. It's an old political tactic - and it's working

  • Piet - 2012-03-15 14:10

    VIVA ANC!!! Killing moer black people than the apartheid regime!!!

  • Barefoot - 2012-03-15 14:11

    i reckon it wouldn't cost a cent to make Limpopo an independent state, a country on its own

  • William - 2012-03-15 14:11

    Where are the usual trolls?

      Piet - 2012-03-15 14:28

      Still focusing on that DA property deal.....

  • phinda.buthelezi - 2012-03-15 14:14

    Viva Juju and your Cronies, VIVA. This is democracy in action. They are killing their own province. This is corrution at work. Go on ruin South Africa

      Piet - 2012-03-15 14:16

      You have to love it! They are worrying less about black people than the apartheid regime........Hehehehehehe

      Nigel - 2012-03-15 14:45

      "The ANC is here, heads will roll" this is what Malema, Yengeni & Mbalula promised in Viljoenskroon (FS), the toilets are STILL open, you can't trust these liars, Limpopo has been stolen dry by these same thieves.

      Stephen - 2012-03-15 14:52

      @piet, suffered under aparthed? they don't know how to spell suffering yet.

  • Irene - 2012-03-15 14:33

    Bwahahaha ha haha! Viva ANC Viva Malema and his cronies. Viva Viva Viva

  • Stephen - 2012-03-15 14:37

    What can you say, vote first, well fix it later, the people get the government they deserve.

  • Geoff - 2012-03-15 14:46

    Hardly surprising. Piss-poor governance.

  • johannes.p.bezuidenhout1 - 2012-03-15 14:47

    How ironic. Come to think of it that the toll road agency will have to close toll roads as government departments registered for e-tags, don' t pay their duties. Wil they close the toll roads in Gauteng?

  • mholthuysen - 2012-03-15 14:48

    And another success story of the anc.....

  • Andre - 2012-03-15 14:57

    ... You reep what you sow... you got what you voted for... The cANCer could not care less about the elderly and infirm unless it was their own flesh and blood (maybe). They will rather terrify you with witchcraft and cultural BS than to actually be of any assistance... pfft..Limpopo a lovely place to COME from, not a place to GO to!

  • Sean - 2012-03-15 15:51

    Oh you got the government you wanted you bunch of wankers.And you know what,those 5000 people who suffer without medical care now will STILL vote the same wankers again and again

  • Hermann - 2012-03-15 18:14

    Is this a preview of the envisaged public health scheme?

  • braamc - 2012-03-15 22:53

    ayes, the people, freedom to the people

  • Kgaditsi Tjebane - 2012-03-18 07:05

    I thought the old hospital was no longer operational,having two hospitals that are not that far apart doesnt make sense it will be very costly to government besides limpopo province is broke.

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