R9bn needed to fill E Cape health posts

2012-03-15 10:02

East London - The Eastern Cape health department needs an extra R9bn to fill all vacant health posts, it was reported on Thursday.

The Daily Dispatch said that if the health department filled the 27 267 open jobs, it would need nearly half of its current annual budget.

More than half the open posts are for nurses.

The figures were quoted from the government’s human resource system [Persal] and the National Treasury’s database. The newspaper said the report on national staff shortages was leaked to it.

The report apparently shows a nationwide health staffing crisis with Limpopo the worst off. That province has a R14bn shortage with 39 653 vacant health posts. The Eastern Cape is the second worst in the country.

Eastern Cape health department superintendent-general, Siva Pillay, told the Dispatch that the existing healthcare platform in the province was unsustainable with the funding available.

“The vacancy rate is shocking and we are struggling to resolve it.”

  • Pieter Erasmus - 2012-03-15 10:12

    is that now the total including or excluding planned corruption?

      Jack - 2012-03-15 10:34

      It's no more hair line cracks but rather large fractures that are starting to appear. What a pity.

      Spyker - 2012-03-15 10:39

      The average SAcan is SIX times less productive than (eg) someone from China and Australia (two separate sources from independent reviews). Imagine this lot can only double their productivity - then there would be NO budget shortage. This is what the fascist regime's pawns simply cannot grasp - the laws of economics are as strong as the laws of nature. Ie.., No country (in the known universe) can survive if its productivity per capita (ie per person) is lower than a certain level.

      Alan - 2012-03-15 11:20

      why not 'up' the Toll road fees to pay for this too?

      Larry - 2012-03-15 11:46

      Inculdes R4.5 billion to line pockets at the road blocks.

      William - 2012-03-15 13:27

      Well, do the math R9 billion divided by 27 267 jobs equals R330 068 per year for each employee, or R27, 505 a month. It seems it pays to be a nurse in the Eastern Cape! I'm a director for an overseas multi-national and I don't even get paid that much! It's so silly when the youth of this country are DESPERATE for employment, there is 1 department in 1 province that has 27,000+ vacancies. It must be that darned White Monopoly Capital (WMC) at work again!!

      David - 2012-03-15 15:39

      @ William: 16683 nursing positions that must be filled at a cost of R6-billion; 806 doctors posts at a cost of R642-million 418 specialists that had to be employed at R439-million 373 pharmacists at a cost of R153-million 4585 nursing assistants at a cost of R546-million

  • Nigel - 2012-03-15 10:17

    Limpop & the Eastern Cape, the ANC can keep these provinces, they have messed them up so bad ,the DA probably wouldn't want them anyway. Its a pity for the people who live there, they will become even more poor & uneducated, but hey, this is what they keep voting for, vote for the ANC if you want more of the same.

      David - 2012-03-15 11:01

      The DA is very close to taking over PE. When this happens, and it will - soon, the DA's growth in the province should accelerate.

  • Isabel - 2012-03-15 10:23

    ANC = Anarchy Nepotism Corruption.

      Art - 2012-03-15 11:35

      If this is how they currently running the Health Care service(sic), imagine how they will SCREW-UP the NHS??? If this was not so serious, it would be funny!

  • Sika - 2012-03-15 10:24


  • Rob - 2012-03-15 10:26

    Fine, but who will be the recipients of these posts. More lazy fat a$$ed good for nothings who want a job & salary, but dont actually want to work. Cry the beloved country.....Indeed !

  • Heinrich - 2012-03-15 10:30

    Is it just me or is and was the eastern cape always proper fekked?

      Deon - 2012-03-15 10:54

      This man is doing a good job in the EC in getting rid of many bad apples. The worst problem is that the state allowed increases that they can not afford.

  • Elize - 2012-03-15 10:36

    Come on Helen Zille get in there and show them how it is done.

      Mtshezi Yonk'insipho Iyawasha Mkhize - 2012-03-15 15:16

      Hehehehehehe u are a dreamer!!!!!

  • jordaanjean - 2012-03-15 10:48

    .... Or by logic of government. Rather spend an additional R6bn on fancy houses for members of parliament. It is more important for a couple of fat cats to lice in the lap of luxury than a couple of thousand people having jobs, or hundreds of thousands receiving health care. ( sense the sarcasm )

  • Bryan - 2012-03-15 10:48

    27,267 vacancies in the health department alone?? WTF!! But there are supposed to be No jobs... something doesn't quite add up here!!

  • Ben - 2012-03-15 10:51

    When the budget was done and no provision was made for corruption of at least R30bn. any fool could predict a shortage.

  • Ansie - 2012-03-15 10:52

    Die ANC het hierdie land bankkrot gesteel. Vul die poste dan word daar iets gedoen vir hul werkskeppingsprogram. HEHEHEH

  • David - 2012-03-15 10:57

    Pillay, supposedly the savious of EC Health, is under a cloud himself re his salary increase. His solution, as proposed to the health MEC, is to shut down the services that are understaffed - anaesthesia, paediatrics and surgery. Great thinking. Why not just shut down all the hospitals, then you will have surplus staff and funds.

      PB - 2012-03-15 11:34

      ... and less voters + more gravediggers employed

      Deon - 2012-03-15 11:39

      The last I heard that he took no salary at all for a while, so he might as well get an increase. How many people work for free for a while?

      David - 2012-03-15 11:56

      C&P from "ELITE police investigators the Hawks are probing the circumstances which led to Eastern Cape Health superintendent-general Dr Siva Pillay securing a controversial R120000-a-year salary hike, taking his annual pay to just under R1.4-million. A letter which surfaced earlier this month shows how, in May 2010, Pillay motivated to his boss at the time, then health MEC Phumulo Masualle, for a salary adjustment from R1.27-million to R1.39- million annually. Incorrectly stated in the letter was Pillay’s income in his previous position as an MP. According to the letter, he earned R1.5-million annually – more than double what MPs were in fact earning then." Not quite for free, I would say.

      Jacqui - 2012-03-15 11:58

      Deon. Housewives work for free.

      William - 2012-03-15 13:34

      @PB: No no no, there will be a budget shortfall yet again and vacancy for 50,000 gravediggers.

  • Kuno - 2012-03-15 11:04

    what makes me think is on one hand we have a sky high unemployment rate and on the other hand we have more than 65000 vacancies... what about training the unemployed and then filling posts? or is it easier to be unemployed than to work?

      PB - 2012-03-15 11:36

      Kuno, That is exactly it. None of the Previously Disadvantaged (who were infants around 1994) are prepared to do entry level jobs. Unless it has prestige and a fat paycheck + someone to delegate the actual work to, they are not interested.

      Jacqui - 2012-03-15 12:00

      They don't like night duty and fancy having to learn something. Rather sit in the sun and wait for the economic freedom promised.

  • ludlowdj - 2012-03-15 11:10

    Another ANC failure, this one at least shows that not only have the ANC failed to plan properly but also that the planning that was done is totally incorrect. The budget should have included salaries for the vacant posts whether those posts were to be filled during the year or not. It is high time the ANC were replaced, if after 18 years in power they are still unable to competently complete a budget they have no place deciding the fate of an entire nation.

      Nigel - 2012-03-15 15:10


  • Wayne - 2012-03-15 11:21

    So thats 4Bn to fill the posts and 4Bn to be poorly managed, steal, party and squander. Every year the same old story and every year we the taxpayers must just fork out because of their incompetence....

  • jeff.brodie1 - 2012-03-15 11:24

    No!!! Rather spend a few hundred billion on arms like submarines that we desperately need to lie rotting and rusting

  • Attie - 2012-03-15 11:24

    this what you get with nationalization instead of privatising the health system in the country and other parastatels. it is just going to get worse and where is the money going to come from off course the tax payers. and malema talks about nationalization. he has not a clue what he is talking about.

  • sibusiso.mkoko - 2012-03-15 11:27

    But how? Limpopo currently produces no less than 120 Drs a year from Medunsa, not counting from other institutions. where do they all go to?

      William - 2012-03-15 13:36

      They go to Canada

      bradleybrits - 2012-03-15 14:45

      Combined with the pathetic salaries (relative to other brics coutries and even more so compared to 1st world) on offer and shocking working conditions they either go private or go overseas. If you implement nhi then even the lot in private will go overseas and you lose all the skills. Working in state long term is not an option.

      Nadine Booyse - 2012-03-15 17:25

      I'm not a Doctor but I can assure you many nurses have chosen to go to the USA. Who can blame them, they now work in excellent working conditions, are valued greatly by employers, live in safe country and earn $50 000-$75 000 a year. If there are any nurses reading this, nurses go to the top of the list for immigration...........just saying.

  • Christopher - 2012-03-15 11:27

    And the ANC wants to introduce NHI! Daaaaaaaah!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Piet - 2012-03-15 11:32

    Eish the ANC moving again like a slow elephant!

  • Jacqui - 2012-03-15 11:56

    Fill the vacancies with what?. Is this what the national health scheme will look like?. We are doomed.

  • Michael - 2012-03-15 12:03

    Is that Posts orPpockets we talking about

      Michael - 2012-03-15 12:04


  • William - 2012-03-15 13:28

    Yet another EPIC FAIL!!!!

  • Nigel - 2012-03-15 14:55

    another ANC fiasco, how many decades will it take before black people wake up & vote the useless ANC out.

      Mtshezi Yonk'insipho Iyawasha Mkhize - 2012-03-15 15:13

      I have a question for u too, when are white people going to realize that we will never vote the DA either?

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