DA: Some hospital CEOs have only matric

2011-08-10 22:49

Cape Town - Some public hospitals CEOs have only a matric certificate, while less than three-quarters of them have a health qualification as their highest qualification, according to a report obtained by the DA.

"The Democratic Alliance has in its possession a report on the assessment of top management at public hospitals in South Africa, which was compiled by the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA)," DA health spokesperson Mike Waters said in a statement on Wednesday.

Commissioned by the health department, and covering all nine provinces, it contained some "disturbing" information.

"The report does provide small snippets of insight into the level of competency of CEOs in that two percent of [them] have only matric as their highest qualification, and only 73% have a health qualification as their highest qualification."

Waters criticised the report for not making any "objective assessment of the competency and capability" of public hospital CEOs.

Shocking quality

"[It] gives the impression that the national department of health would prefer to bury its head in the sand rather than face up to the shocking quality of hospital management in the public sector," he said.

That the department had to commission the DBSA to compile the report was proof of how out of touch it was with the problems facing hospitals and clinics.

"The DA will be submitting questions to... minister of health [Aaron Motsoaledi] to find out why this report contains so little detail and how much it cost to commission.

"In addition, the DA will submit questions to obtain crucial information that this report appears to be missing."

Waters said the day-to-day functioning of public hospitals and clinics clearly showed what the report did not effectively address.

"That is, the management of hospitals is sub-standard, and that CEOs are clearly incapable of performing the task at hand; as a result, the patients suffer," he said.

  • Macho Mike - 2011-08-10 22:59

    Eish, now was the Matric results with or without getting 30%?

      Neil - 2011-08-10 23:26

      @Macho: LOL I LOVE the way the DA is such a big thorn in the anc's side.

      ProudofPink - 2011-08-11 01:31

      30% to pass matric and President 783 doesn't even have matric! No wonder SA is in the state it's in. Cadre deployment doesn't work and it will only be when we are a province of Zimbabwe that the penny might just drop.

      NewsICON - 2011-08-11 03:52

      What really gets to me is that, I need a matric to get a job, but I can become a member of parliment with ever attending school... So much for being governed by our 'peers'

      SuperCal - 2011-08-11 08:40

      When you go to a Doctor who has a degree you accept that he passed his Unie...what we fail to ask is if he got 90% or 35%. I would always prefer the one who got 90%

      MandlaSithole - 2011-08-11 09:06

      Lol!! Our president doesn't even have matric, let alone hospital CEOs.

      Met - 2011-08-11 09:36

      Running a hospital, is not rocket science. If it was still an "old matric" with experience, no problem. But that, of course is not the case.If you have just graduated, majoring in Stone throwing and rioting from the Univ. of Transkei, having paid R5000 for the certificate, thats not going to make you a good hospital administrator

  • R.Suppards - 2011-08-10 23:02


      Zinki - 2011-08-11 07:11

      Well, the president of our country doesn't even have matric. So matric for hospital CEO's must be seen as a high qualification for them!

      Schalk - 2011-08-11 08:42

      Very, very true. Would you agree to have an obviously unqualified doctor performing a vital medical operation on you? Most certainly not! The idiot could kill you! Yet, we have an obviously unqualified president and hundreds of obviously unqualified social servants. Through incompetence in these positions, the ANC creates an environment that kills 100 of their supporters every single day through murder and badly mismanaged Aids alone. Then we are not even speaking of poor transportation infrastructure and unroadworthy taxis (40 deaths per day) other preventable diseases (TB etc), and the horrible state of public health services... This is grossly inhumane.

  • R.Suppards - 2011-08-10 23:08

    This is a boil of ANC cadre deployment that MUST be lanced, for the good of our people.

  • ProudlyKgomo - 2011-08-10 23:11

    No wonder our public hospitals are fast turning into concentration camps! Min Motswaledi, show some leadership...poor South Africans count on you to sort out this mess!

  • R.Suppards - 2011-08-10 23:19

    Tell me. What's the difference in proven intelectual capability between a failed Eastern Cape hospital and the national government.

      Neil - 2011-08-11 00:03

      about 21 birth certificates (of which he is aware).

      frankm - 2011-08-11 00:59

      Oh Neil, this is the best comment I have read all month....

      daaivark - 2011-08-11 07:02

      The ability to spell "intellectual" perhaps?

      Nunya - 2011-08-11 07:44

      Oh daaivark...stop this spelling stuff..

      daaivark - 2011-08-11 08:19

      When people talk about the intellectual capacity of others, then they are fair game, so sorry, but there we go.

      Bloedrivier - 2011-08-11 12:03

      @daaivark.......get a life my man, dont the missus need some attention?

  • dachshund118 - 2011-08-10 23:35

    This comes as no surprise! The country is in chaos. Do you know what the president's qualifications are!!!???

      RedData - 2011-08-10 23:59

      From Wikipedia "As per his autobiography he received no formal schooling", LOL

  • refilwe mashigo - 2011-08-10 23:36

    Who says you need a qualification to get a top job in s.a? have you seen how our leaders got to where they are today? i don't even know what i'm doing in tertiary. just gotta find the right people to get me a top job :) . . .no i'm kidding. higher education is good for you

  • jockvanwyk - 2011-08-10 23:49

    and we wonder why so many patients and new born babies are dying.How do these people get these positions,is our country so corrupt?

      paulf - 2011-08-11 05:13

      It's AA etc. Denying people with qualifications to get the right job!!!

      Worldwise - 2011-08-11 07:56

      I have a matric, technical college qualification, university qualification and paramedic qualification (Own interest). But I will never get a job as a CEO of a hospital because of cadre deployment, AA and EO. I will battle to get the job of maintenance ma at a hospital because of the same reasons. But Mr mud hut can now at least drive a Mercedes.

  • persvrij - 2011-08-11 00:06

    I thought some presidents doesn't even have matric?

      gmain - 2011-08-11 06:02


      Worldwise - 2011-08-11 07:57

      Some? - You mean ours?

  • tommy 2 - 2011-08-11 00:08

    So what! The president of this country only has standard two.......

  • Harambe - 2011-08-11 00:57

    No wonder why so many govt grants to hospitals & other state institutions go unaccounted for and embezzled by more qualified staff due to lacklustre leadership and incompetent CEOs who are supposed to run various depts and monitoring of day-to-day activities. The ANC is really stuffing up the country, resources and taxpayers money, it sux. qualified staff due to lacklustre leadership and incompetent CEOs who are supposed to run various depts and monitoring of day-to-day activities. The ANC is really stuffing up the country, resources and taxpayers money, it sux.

  • frankm - 2011-08-11 00:59

    And so, the president has a standard five, whats the point here.....?

      Worldwise - 2011-08-11 07:59

      Standard two actually. The point is, would you make him the boss of your company with those qualifications? No? Why not, he is the boss of this country? You mean you can't see a recipe for disaster when it stares you in the face? Good luck with life, you'll need it.

  • Harambe - 2011-08-11 01:19

    No wonder why so many govt grants to hospitals & other state institutions go unaccounted for and embezzled by more qualified staff due to lacklustre leadership and incompetent CEOs who are supposed to run various depts & staff as well as monitoring day-to-day activities. It takes appr. Appointees and good track record to hold such key positions. The ANC is really stuffing up the country, resources and taxpayers money, it really sux. unted for and embezzled by more qualified staff due to lacklustre leadership and incompetent CEOs who are supposed to run various depts & staff as well as monitoring day-to-day activities. It takes appr. Appointees and good track record to hold such key positions. The ANC is really stuffing up the country, resources and taxpayers money, it really sux.

  • braveinternetguy - 2011-08-11 02:03

    The government's failing policies are damaging this country to a point beyond repair, leaving what remains vulnerable to be sold off to whomever bids highest. Hundreds (if not thousands) of millions of Rands have been wastefully squandered by a massively corrupt and inept - broken - System. South Africa's dreams of freedom and prosperity after Apartheid seems almost laughibly futile now. Like the fancy cars I see nowadays by the sides of the roads with steam coming out from under the hood, our country is fast becoming a shining example of WASTED POTENTIAL. I plead with everyone reading this to face the reality of the consequences we see around us, and to change your vote. Time IS running out for South Africa, and we all know it.

      gmain - 2011-08-11 06:04

      No way I will change my vote. I will NEVER vote for the cANCer regime....

  • Digger - 2011-08-11 02:25

    @ lapfa, sorry to say but you are retarded. There is a massive difference between an individual leaving school and then going on to build a company that is successful and yes he is the CEO of his "white" owned company. If he fails he loses HIS company and any money he has invested. On the other hand these CEO's are placed in public hospitals and in such are public servants. If they can't do their work then our tax money is wasted and the public will suffer. Furthermore the majority of working SA's have medical aid and go to Private hospitals, thus not go on defend them it's just the poor that will suffer you nut job.

      The Observer - 2011-08-11 07:44

      Funny what a certain lot of black people, all anc cadres I would say, think why whites still have 70% of top positions. After 1994 when the aa crap started , a lot of white people started their own businesses (funny thing is a lot of them work as consultants mostly doing the work the highly paid aa is supposed to do) and continue to do, we are entrepreneurs, inventers and history shows it. The more you try to close a door in our face, the more doors open in the back. I expect comments like “a but you had access to funds and good education”. To you lot all I can say is you have every opportunity as a hard working black person to climb the ranks faster than any other person in SA. All you have to do is stop complaining about the whites and get of your back side and work for a change. That person is already making a success, the rest of you sit on n24 spewing crap about how the world is against you.

  • Pommie - 2011-08-11 02:30

    Lapfa, I can only make one point, education is used here as a measure of competence, if you run your own business and you are incompetent you go out of business, if you run a public hospital and you are incompetent then people die. DA have made a point about education, however they have also pointed out that the report lacks any real detail to judge quality of the hospital with the education of the management team. They want details on the commissioning of the report, the scope is was to have and the cost.

  • AJ - 2011-08-11 03:39

    It must be quite disconcerting to look at your 19 year old son and think to yourself that he is more qualified than someone who currently has the responsibility to manage the careers of hundreds, the lives of thousands and billions of rands too.

      The_Realist - 2011-08-11 10:19

      if zooma has a std 2, then the child will only have to be 12 to be more educated than ol' zooma!

  • Dan - 2011-08-11 05:18

    Hello DA, getting a wake-up call? Look around you in parliament - do you see any educated faces in parliament? Since when has education and competency played any role in any ANC appointment. Idiotic article. Why stating the obvious?

      tracer - 2011-08-11 07:31

      because the vast majority of our countrymen cannot fathom the obvious.....

  • bossfromhell - 2011-08-11 05:54

    Easy to solve - the ANC government,president, ministers and public servants must only be allowed to use government hospitals. We always had to many years ago when we were in public service. Failing the officials must pay their own medical expenses

      gmain - 2011-08-11 06:06

      Didn't u hear they are building their own multi-billion rand hospital? I am sure I read something about that....

      daaivark - 2011-08-11 07:04

      gmain, that is complete rubbish.

      Nunya - 2011-08-11 07:45

      Oh daaivark...your frailcare nurse is looking for you..

      daaivark - 2011-08-11 08:20

      She'll be just fine without me, Nunya, thanks for your deep consern.

      BigMoose - 2011-08-11 08:38

      DV, you had better consult your dictionary. Concern, not "consern" old boy. Did you have a log in your eye when typing?

      daaivark - 2011-08-11 09:29

      Yip. Thanks for removing it. It was affecting my fingers.

      jen - 2011-08-11 10:58

      @gmain & daaivark. It was a proposed private hospital with gym in Brynterion for the cabinet ministers etc near the presidential home. I think the outcry was too big and for the moment it is being shelved by Gwen Nkabinde. Some ministers were unhappy to go to the military hospital in Pta as it was not upgraded.

  • dagwood4455 - 2011-08-11 05:58

    the ANC will either ignore the report (or say very little) or blame Apartheid.

  • wynand.vanloggerenberg - 2011-08-11 06:22

    Whatever qualifications the ceo of Tshwane Distric Hospital may have he is doing a great job. The OPD is a great example how a department must be run. Thanks for the sisters and doctors there for helping me for the past 4 years.

  • Faansie - 2011-08-11 06:58

    The criteria for a top goverment job is that you have to have served time in a jail under apartheid. Nothing more and nothing less. But those are slowly passing away now.

  • potie - 2011-08-11 07:05

    DA must go to hell and trust me they will be out sooner than you think Who said with matric you canr be a CEO, DA? guess what if you want a shocking stats on that get to private sector and see how many white people have as a formal education most of them nothing NADA, this report must also be directed to private sector to balnce the ratio, ANC has done so much that white couldnt do in a decade of controlling the government. so is either you shut you mouth or go back where you come from. just like National Party and New National Party you no why this is a black man world (SA) we will never rest till chickens jump the street (Bla Di Agents)

      EmptyCan - 2011-08-11 07:11

      @potie....the chickens are already sitting in Luthuli House. Your president is a prime example of uneducated rubbish, thinking that a shower will prevent AIDS..HAHAHAH..HAHAHAHA..... Now go wash my car,hamba!!!

      frans.visserdsb - 2011-08-11 07:18

      I think the proof of the incompetence is in the disgraceful state of state hospitals... not their qualifications. i agree, a qualification does not guarantee your competence, just as the lack of one does not mean you are incompetent. I don't think there would be any problem if the hospitals were clean, well run and efficient. When was the last time you went to a public hospital?

  • Hannetjie - 2011-08-11 07:15

    There are lots of top positions in South Africa where you don't need the right qualifications to be appointed - only the right contacts!!!! That is why our government, provincial and local services are in the state it is !!!!!

  • tracer - 2011-08-11 07:20

    you'de think they would want top healthcare given the state of their health. one also wonders why a friend of mine who got 8 A's in last years matric exams was not accepted into medical school??? do they not want the best healthcare they can get?

  • Mike - 2011-08-11 07:22

    What school pass do you need for being a cattle heard boy?

  • ronaldv83 - 2011-08-11 07:25

    Regardless of what job you do, so long you know how to do job and not what you are qualified to do. These days it’s easy to buy a qualification. Id rather have someone how knows how to server my brakes on my car than someone that is qualified but doesn’t know how.

  • Sisie - 2011-08-11 07:31

    Wouldn't it be marvelous if instead of cadre deployment, the government put in people who actually have the right qualifications and are able to do the job correctly. But instead we have to put up with maladministration and corruption at the expense of the taxpayer. Even if that person is from another party - put in the correct people who can actually do the job. It happens in the private sector why not in the public sector - we could be the shining light of Africa instead of the laughing stock of the world.

  • terry - 2011-08-11 08:02

    So what - the president doesn't even have matric!! The ANC don't care how uneducated, incompetent, and lacking in experience a person is - they only care that the person is a good ANC cadre who will provide opportunities for other corrupt ANC cadres to get their snout in the gravy train.

  • Tebogo - 2011-08-11 08:18

    Why is always DA coming with rubbish like this where did it abtain this report which is in question. When these CEO were appointed few years ago, in Gauteng there was huge media coverage where DA was part of the team that recommended those CEO in the media, saying we will see the improvement in hospital management. In the national and provicial parliament, DA is an opposition and they are suppose to hold the government accountable, how did this slip them until a report is commissioned by the national department. They did not request the report to be commissioned either. The reality is that this country will go down not because of ANC but because of lack of effective opposition. I always wonder about the role of a CEO in hospital, every time there is a hospital crisis, the response comes from the national, provincial, and municipal political heads. In recent times, there was a shortage of machines in one of the Gauteng hospital, the minister was the one who was responding to the media questions and giving plans on how to resolve the issue, is this not suppose to be a CEO 's job. Where was Mr. Walters when this was happening, did he keep the ANC government into account. Let us not forget that DA is a ruling party in the Western Cape, the toilet saga embarrassed both ANC and DA equally, this issue might do the same. Hence the country does not effective opposition.

      tokoloshe - 2011-08-11 10:28

      next time your spawned kids are ill take them to a hospital in the eastern cape for medical treatment, it might open the blinkers over your eyes. or you can book a consultation from me, just bring 2 goats and hyena droppings we need a concoction to make your brain active.

  • winniedapooh - 2011-08-11 08:40

    Posts at most hospitals are politically motivated. It's who you know not what you know..

  • clintas - 2011-08-11 08:41

    Matric is nothing today...

  • Gibbonater - 2011-08-11 08:45

    Just think that those so called CEO's have a higher qualification than old JZ. Why do you need an education when you can become a member of the government and then decide on the direction the country must follow. So why does the government insist on education when nearly all of them have no or little education themselves.

  • edd - 2011-08-11 08:59

    So...the president has St3.....

  • clintas - 2011-08-11 09:12

    the next thing you know, they're doing heart surgery with a butter knife.

  • Nom-de-guerre - 2011-08-11 09:19

    The anc really needs to fukc off from this country, they are a bunch of incompetent binge eating useless vampires.

  • Franswa - 2011-08-11 09:20

    cheer up shower head Zuma has std 6

  • shmangle - 2011-08-11 09:23

    They have matric? That's more than an our president has.

  • Ann - 2011-08-11 09:33

    Lovely - hope I don't have to go to hospital. VERY SCARY!!!

  • Nchilo - 2011-08-11 09:34

    No wonder our state hospitals are in such a mess,Aaron Motsoaledi must get rid of this Old Matric certificate-carrying CEO's and put our public hospitals alive.Well done DA!!!!Thumb up!!!!!

  • tokoloshe - 2011-08-11 09:49


  • farmworker - 2011-08-11 10:14

    It could only be white CEO,last time I checked as a black man one needs to have at least doctrate to qualify and still not be appointed. The only black people at the higher position, probably without matric would be the political appointee which is totally different

  • Linale - 2011-08-11 10:29

    Shaik plagiarised Phd in KZN university, Johnny Molefe has been appointed a TUT chancelor with a Phd qualification rendered invalid by SAQA, These people will get these jobs whether we like it or not, if you require qualifications from them they will fake it, if you dont you have just cut the story short. Bottom line is: ANC monopolised the system, they will put people they want wherever they want, we just cant do anything about that.

  • juju bear - 2011-08-11 11:35

    this is really bad,i wonder what the anc has to say about this?

  • joshua.kgorutle.1 - 2013-01-17 23:05

    cheap politics indeed, i realy wonder when is SA ever going to have an Opposition Party with real teeth to give ANC a run. we only have OPPOSING PARTIES...they never give credit, jst like their dumb armchair supporters....disgusting

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