Limpopo hospital faces water crisis

2012-11-19 12:38

Johannesburg - The Nkhensani Hospital in Giyani, Limpopo, is affected by a water crisis in the town after the Nsami Dam started drying up, according to a report on Monday.

The Sowetan reported the hospital had been relying on the municipality to deliver water in water tanks.

A nurse, who asked not to be named, told the newspaper that the hospital had not had water in three months.

"We can't even wash newborn babies and unfortunately most of them get discharged still covered in blood," the nurse said.

"We are extremely worried because infection control is compromised and there's little we can do."

Equipment broken, stolen

The hospital's CEO refused to comment, while the Limpopo health department spokesperson Sinenhlanhla Gumede said the municipality needed to supply the hospital with water.

"Water is not a competency of the health department, so we are working closely with the municipality to ensure that we have sufficient water tank supplies while they try to solve the water crisis," Gumede said.

Mopani district municipality spokesperson Neil Shikwambani said the equipment needed to use borehole supplies in the Nsami Dam were either broken or stolen. He said they wanted to extract water from the mud and purify it, but the pressure was too low.

"We are looking at using fixed water tanks to be located at specific spots... It's a dire situation," he told the Sowetan.

  • peterpeter.pumkineater.5 - 2012-11-19 12:57

    VIVA EFFING this country up from top to bottom VIVA!!! (useless bas*****)

      JHLR73 - 2012-11-19 13:10

      So agree,but when the time comes to negotiate salary increases these people are suddenly so energetic and full of life and has to the power to break and burn down everything. It amazes me!!!

      valkerie.koekemoer - 2012-11-19 13:33

      So the ANC is in control of the weather too? How did they make the dam dry up....? Blindly blaming everything on the ANC is much the same as blaming everything on Apartheid, not so?

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-11-19 13:50

      So I take it the dam ran dry overnight? Have cANCer not heard of back-up plans? Are not only able to see as far as Maugung? What a sorry bunch of ignorant morons they are .... and their supporters.

      peterpeter.pumkineater.5 - 2012-11-19 13:58 you think that the water dried up over night? Does it not dawn to you, that water evaporates slowly...therefore, these twits should have seen it getting low, and make future plans in case it does dry up. All it takes is an IQ to see that. And yes, the ANC is to blame, because I dont remember things like this happening during Apartheid, or any other country in the world that hasn't suffered from a severe weather phenomenon. Its these clowns in place that cant look furthers than their fat stomachs.

      juan.prinsloo.750 - 2012-11-19 14:17

      Yes during the last elections Zuma said, "vote for us now, we will sort out the problems later". It's later and what has happened? Yes you guessed it things are worse! TIP, don't vote ANC if you want things to get better. Any other party will do, because the ANC are severely abusing the trust they were given. Wake up people you don't have to vote ANC, apartheid won't come back if you vote for someone else!!

      valkerie.koekemoer - 2012-11-19 14:53

      @ peterpeter.pumkineater.5: I hear your frustration, and I agree that the situation in the hospital is shocking. I just don't see how a "the ANC dittit" reflex reaction is warranted, especially given the fact that SA is a sub Saharan country with a well-documented history of water shortages spanning decades already. I recall communities from Cape Town to Limpopo having severe water restrictions for more than a month at a time, during Apartheid times. Bore hole water is also drying up in many parts of Limpopo. South Africa has been in the grips of dwindling water supply for a long time, and a growing world population is putting strain on this resource. Considering also that many towns developed around farming communities, using irrigation dam water (not always reservoirs tapping water tables) as their water supply, I can see how a water shortage can affect entire communities. Added to that many municipalities' current challenge of too many souls -vs- too little resources, I don't see how "planning" and foresight could have saved them much. If there is no water to supply, how must one supply it? The ANC can't make it rain, can they?

      valkerie.koekemoer - 2012-11-19 15:09

      It's all a matter of perspective:

  • canna.discussions - 2012-11-19 12:59

    More children suffering due to incompetence. A hospitals water supply should have so much more priority.

      mable.jacobs.90 - 2012-11-19 13:27

      So the government cant' afford a borehole for emergencies like these?

  • kenpeg.dawson - 2012-11-19 13:05

    Why dont we move the Zim border and give Limp Opo to Bob Mc Gabe.

      mable.jacobs.90 - 2012-11-19 13:27

      The rest of S.A is no better

  • melanie.gardner.7528 - 2012-11-19 13:09

    don't even have words for this...

  • fussed.anderson - 2012-11-19 13:10

    What can I say. Another job well done anc.

  • brad.ken.18 - 2012-11-19 13:21

    WHAT EFFING NEXT????? cANCer? YOU MUST PACK YOUR BAGS!!!!!! You are a disgrace to the human race! Babies discharge unwashed??? Absolute Banana Republic!

  • nicrsa - 2012-11-19 13:24

    what a disheartening, imagine if just a bit of that Nkandla money went to actual delivery :/

  • cathy.dejongh.5 - 2012-11-19 13:27


  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-11-19 13:45

    cANCer disgrace once again....they show they can not organize a bath in a bath tub.....

  • negry.mabasa - 2012-11-19 13:48

    Kasi Mati lama aya kokiwa Nandoni dam kuya a Giyani mata hetelela ku fika loko Yesu a vuyile naaa?

      firstseed.mbeva - 2012-11-19 14:10

      Swa tika Baseni.Ntsan'wisi a ta va a swi lunghisile khale leswi

  • jennifer.d.martin.750 - 2012-11-19 14:09 ANC.... and this is what happens.

  • marilyn.docherty.9 - 2012-11-19 14:35

    No school book deliveries - now no water. What a mess up! Is their nobody in Limpopo that takes responsibility and plans ahead???

      phaldiemeyer - 2012-11-19 17:40

      Well done Limpopo...maybe with the next election you'll vote another incompetent person in Malema!! Don't vote with your heart, vote with your head...people stop listening to these politicians' lies...if they don't deliver have them removed!!!

  • machoene.kaizer - 2012-11-19 14:45

    Mr zuma you have upgraded your home with close to 24 billion limpopo hospital run shot of water.then who to blame?prblm start thr on top(poor leader)

  • morris.khunou - 2012-11-19 15:38

    Lets pray for common sense in Limpopo!

      phaldiemeyer - 2012-11-19 17:34

      No please...don't pray...just vote them out of government!!!!

  • marc.ross.965 - 2012-11-19 15:43

    I am actually getting beyond giving a continental sh-t. They voted them in, let them deal with it.Or Die. or whatever.

      funani.mulaudzi - 2012-11-19 18:59

      who is this "they" you keep talking about, even under apartheid we did not have water in homeland and what we got was dirty, while they got all the good things, water for their estates and golf clubs so dont turn this into a racist parade, yes we voted but we do not want bad service delivery, we had to get rid of apartheid but now we have to fight corruption and poor service delivery. your attitude sucks

  • phaldiemeyer - 2012-11-19 17:32

    OMG!! does the anc's incompetence know no bounds??? Imagine what the money spent on Nkandla - Donatello(ninja turtles) and his family could've fixed at only this hospitaland these dickhe@ds still want to govern till Jesus comes...they're making sure sure we have hell on earth!!

  • phaldiemeyer - 2012-11-19 18:01

    If we as a country wants to succeed, we have to follow China's example and restrict the amount of children couples have and it is especially necessary for people living on state grants. And we have to solve our porous borders as well, we are already struggling to accommodate our own citizens with our limited resources(not to talk about the corruption), it's not something new...all first world countries are making it very difficult for people from developing and third world countries to enter their countries whether it being legally or illegally. And I know some of you out there is gonna say it smacks of racism and zenophobia but you have admit, logically... it's the only workable solution.

  • luka.mathebula - 2012-11-25 15:21

    The water 'crisis' in Limpopo is a norm. That is why I think is better to call it a water 'neglet.' Every now and then we hear this looting ploticians promising to fix water pumps but nothing happen. I think it will be better that the ruling party comes with a delivery contract. This mayors and councillors sallaries must be frozen if they don't deliver. My concern and suprise is that during Profesor H.W.E. Ntsawn'wisi's rule we never have a shortage of water. But since this new are everything is a mess. At Basani village where I'm coming from, for example, we were having three boreholes, enough to supply the whole village. But now those boreholes are ghost. No one cares about it. The so called politians cares about their bellies. How can they care if they are able to get water for their families through the 4X4 which they bought through stolen tax payers money

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