Loo blues cost hospital R150 000/year

2012-05-10 20:20

Johannesburg - Helen Joseph Hospital spends more than R150 000 a year replacing stolen toilet flush handles and taps, the Democratic Alliance said on Thursday.

Caucus leader Jack Bloom said he discovered this on Thursday, when he visited the hospital to investigate complaints over broken toilets.

"Six of the men's toilets that I visited on seven floors are out of order because of stolen handles. Without the handle the toilet is unusable," he said.

Health spokesperson Simon Zwane said maintenance in Gauteng hospitals was an ongoing function.

"We have a duty to maintain our facilities and keep them safe," he said.

Bloom said hospital officials told him that it cost about R6 000 to replace a flush master unit.

"They are looking for replacements that will be less difficult to steal," he said.

"Delays in replacing these items are [happening] because the Gauteng health department has not yet released budget funds for the financial year that started on April 1," Bloom said.

  • IcemanGP - 2012-05-10 20:31

    6000 to Replace a flush master unit? Fkk you are being ripped off major big time.

      Gavin - 2012-05-10 20:45

      £20 each x6 + my return airfare from Heathrow = R12500. They can save themselves 23 grand and I get a few days in the sun. Oh....I forgot to add the 20k backhander for Sipho. Still a bargain.

      Squeegee - 2012-05-10 20:48

      "They are looking for replacements that will be less difficult to steal," he said." Surely they should be looking for replacements that are MORE difficult to steal.

      Jeanne - 2012-05-10 21:19

      @Squeegee... News24 editor having a SERIOUS snooze... Bwa ha ha ha!!!

  • Pieter - 2012-05-10 21:42

    How does this happen, do you go there, and while you are peeing think to your self, mmmmmm, that tap would look nice in my house?

  • Busani Zikhali - 2012-05-10 22:12

    every toilet must have a security

  • Mandy Casey - 2012-05-10 22:57

    Yeah, when I flush it costs me 12000 rand, where can I find one of these 6000 flush devices? I am going to save so much money!

  • billidp - 2012-05-10 23:27

    What the hell is it with South Africa and TOILETS?

      Elizabeth - 2012-05-11 12:34

      Full of sh.t!! LOL

  • koos.vandermerwe.92 - 2012-05-11 00:04

    This is now another example of how some of our brothers and sistas do things. Is it so difficult to leave things alone if it is not yours? Look at the state of a Police station. Why can't they look after the stuff? Is it a case of easy come easy go?

      carpejugulim - 2012-05-11 08:35

      no Koos, it's a case of it doesn't belong to me so why should I look after it?

  • chris.heiberg - 2012-05-11 07:29

    Only in this backwards banana republic! Awesome.

  • Bibi - 2012-05-11 07:42

    Pit latrines are the only answer. The metal and toilet seats are the first things that disappear - stolen by our educated South Africans.

  • Celia - 2012-05-11 08:03

    Someone is making BIG bucks out of those flush master units - maybe steals them himself so he can replace them at R6000 each!

  • Peter - 2012-05-11 08:19

    If they dont want to act like civilized human beings then they must dig a hole in the ground or get long drops

  • DuToitCoetzee - 2012-05-11 08:57

    This is what happening if you have too much "evidence" to "flush" down. The toilets cant keep up.

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