Wheelbarrows carry injured soldiers

2012-05-08 12:42

Polokwane - The Hoedspruit military health centre in Limpopo is currently servicing 11 000 people without an ambulance or adequate supplies of medicine or equipment, Beeld reported on Tuesday.

The last of the centre's four ambulances recently broke, and even though air force technicians managed to perform rudimentary repairs on the vehicle, it could only be used in a dire emergency, if driven at 80km/h.

Several recruits injured during training have had to be pushed to the centre in a wheelbarrow.

Due to a total lack of blood pressure measuring devices or ECG machines, no emergency cases are currently being treated at the centre, the daily reported.

Some of the most crucial medicines and equipment ordered in 2009 had still not been delivered.

In January, rain flooded the centre, resulting in a muddy water supply that damaged expensive radiology equipment and led to the subsequent closure of the radiology department. There was also a shortage of sterilised water, needed to mix antibiotics in the centre's pharmacy.

Colonel Louis Kirstein, spokesperson for the SA Military Health Service, said in reaction to a long list of questions sent to him by Beeld that he was aware of "specific challenges" at the centre, and that they were receiving attention.

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-05-08 12:48

    This cannot be true. The great Mathale is in total control of the province.

      Bryan - 2012-05-08 13:47

      Where have the days gone when our military was internationally respected? Not only was our medical corps superbly efficient but the facilities were world class.. What happened? Oh wait.... The ANC came to power and plundered all the resources.. silly me for thinking otherwise!!

      bheki.dingiswayo - 2012-05-08 14:04

      Not the military. This is run by the National Government. We should portion the blame where it is due. I think this is a reason why the Defence Minister does not want to talk about the millitary readiness or whatever in the parlaiment

  • Henri - 2012-05-08 12:54

    you are only as strong as your weakest link, well done SADF

      winston.mullany - 2012-05-08 12:59

      Its the SANDF, if it was still the SADF, this would never happen!

      Peter - 2012-05-08 14:19

      The weakest link being the ANC

      Vernon - 2012-05-08 15:49

      @winston.mullany,right on man,these a-holes were given a well-oiled machine and they screwed it up with corruption.

  • William - 2012-05-08 12:57

    'Challenges???!!! It appears as if this place is falling apart!! Seems like the kind of place you go in healthy and you emerge in a box, that's if they can find one!!!!!

  • Sharon - 2012-05-08 12:57

    This is really serious! Don't they realise how uncomfortable a wheelbarrow can be, especially if the road is full of potholes? Do the paramedics also sit inside, or do they run alongside the barrow? Does the barrow-pusher call out me-ma, me-ma as he pushes along?

      rayno.grever - 2012-05-08 13:21

      Maak soos 'n blou lig

      Nickey - 2012-05-08 13:44


      barry.dogg.fritz - 2012-05-08 19:01

      blik skottel , but you just made me laugh

  • John - 2012-05-08 12:58

    imagine if sa was invaded by zim now, we would proberly loose the war, its a sad sad state of affairs that the was proud and operational sadf has dropped to this level.

      rayno.grever - 2012-05-08 13:24

      Its called affirmative action

      tobydt - 2012-05-08 13:42

      Zim military forces would never break through boksburg.

  • tom.vorster - 2012-05-08 13:04

    A wheelbarrow, you're kidding me. This at the same air force base that needs to keep our helicopter fleet and Hawk trainers in the sky. Eish!

  • AndrĂ© - 2012-05-08 13:06

    Jip, Col Kirstein is not allowed to say too much, or else !!

  • Gieljam - 2012-05-08 13:08

    What was once the most respected disciplined and effective Army in Africa any case has now become the laughing stock of all . How did these soldiers get injured in the first place ,as they are known to do very little most of the time

  • Tony Lapson - 2012-05-08 13:12


  • Martin - 2012-05-08 13:15

    south africa is the greatest joke of my time, and the anc is the punchline

      Martin - 2012-05-08 14:27

      jimmy manyi denies we are headed for a failed state, therefore we definitely are, even our soon to be ex auditor general says we are headed down to a bad place as the government is ignoring all the warnings they are given

  • Tumelo - 2012-05-08 13:22

    \Challenges\? The colonel really knows how to downplay things. If its true, this is a disaster of great proportions!

  • grant.hide - 2012-05-08 13:24

    Start stockpiling tin food and bottled water people.

      Vernon - 2012-05-08 15:52

      and build your bunker under your house.just make sure you can pay your contractor unlike juju.

  • Stille - 2012-05-08 13:24

    Typical. They ( read ANC ) took over an exemplary military base and in true african style, ran it into the ground. Let me guess, its apartheid's fault the vehicles broke.....

      Rob - 2012-05-08 14:22

      Yeah, the vehicle must be at least 19 yrs old. Apartheids fault for sure.

  • ujozi.sales - 2012-05-08 13:26

    Way to go ANC, your pathetic governance will be your downfall, viva white liberation from black incompetence.

  • Gregory - 2012-05-08 13:26

    Look on the bright side we got brand new useless submarines and aircraft .

  • Don.Tandy - 2012-05-08 13:30

    Welcome to the falling-apart-world of the ANCorruption. How is it that there is always money for fancy houses, glam cars, overseas trips and all the other glitzy non-essential bits and pieces for showerhead and his mob of gangsters, but they continue to score a big fat zero on service delivery. What a pathetic bunch of morons we have running the country (into the ground). Come now voters - use your heads. Anarchy Nepotism Corruption all the way.

  • Colin - 2012-05-08 13:33

    Go Boys Go. Soon there will be nothing left to Steal Break or Loose

      Hettie - 2012-05-08 13:47


  • Fanie - 2012-05-08 13:36

    OK airforce gets ten billion deposit back from A400M - was glad it had money for operational costs for a atto second, then treasury appropriates it and pay it in to Gautol project

  • Narike - 2012-05-08 13:41

    oh, and this is where they want to move the fly school to.

  • - 2012-05-08 13:55

    Obviously the soldiers are hurt badly if they have to be taken to a hospital that cant xray, treat with meds or anything sad, how very sad, and the soldier? Willing to give his life for a country that doesnt have his back!!! Whoever votes anc again needs to be shot

  • peter.t.solomon - 2012-05-08 14:05

    Not surprised. The Defence minister is so incompetent. The SA Military is now the shadow of its former self. No more morale.

  • roodbol - 2012-05-08 14:09

    Now I've heard it all...

  • Helmut - 2012-05-08 14:11

    Disband it's cheaper,will get wipedout with a wet rag aniway

  • Rob - 2012-05-08 14:13

    Eventually everything will be in a state of clooapse (relative to how we remember it). Then even the smallest improvement will be shouted from the rooftops as a viscotory for the anc over its colonial and apartheid opressionist past. Go on anc I challenge you to drop the standards to the gutter just to see how far it can go. Even Zim will look like a working country.

  • Jen - 2012-05-08 14:17

    I wonder how much money was budgeted for the upcoming SAAF Museum Air Show taking place on Saturday? Perhaps they will use the Gate Fees to purchase and donate an ambulance... Not! These people are excellent at window dressing: and if you scrutinise the mountain of paperwork used to generate their annual Performance Incentives, most get rated 100 percent for the work they do. What a farce.

  • Andrew - 2012-05-08 14:31

    Just typical Take a great defence force and give it AA appointed officers and look what you get a shambles like all other ANC run institutions.

  • stefaans.blaauw - 2012-05-08 14:34

    This what I call a Mobile army. What happened to all the thousand of vehicles, they had. maybe swapped for wheel barrows, for maintenance are cheaper and much easier for the mechanics.

  • Enlightened - 2012-05-08 14:50

    This is absolutely hilarious. I love it. actually, I want to pull my b-ll hairs out when I see what these barbarians have done to our proud SADF Thank heavens we ended the border war. we'd have needed 10.000 wheelbarrows and half the army as "drivers"

  • Enlightened - 2012-05-08 14:54

    Sharon. I think u mek fun of DA PEEPOL. of course the paramed runs next to the wheel barrow. how else is he going to hold the Mageu drip above head? Why would the drriver shout MA ME,MA MEE? There's no friggin traffic any more

  • Rob - 2012-05-08 15:09

    OK, let me prick the baloon. What is the force defending? Against who? Reality is that it is not functional and does not need to be! It is just another welfare organisation for the comrades and hangers on! Just another way to divert tax, yours and mine, to the forever hands held out for freebies...PLUS OF COURSE THE SCAVENGERS.

  • Yonela Yuva Ntloko - 2012-05-08 15:53

    ok! this is a little bit too late, they should have posted this long ago cause there are 3 new mercedes ambulances that were delivered to Hoedspruit last week. if they wanted to shame the health center they should have used something else...not the ambulance story

      Rob - 2012-05-08 16:37

      I guess somebody leaked the investigative journalism a few weeks ago and the brass were running now they get ambulances. Be prepared...for what???????

      TSHTSHGLEN - 2012-05-09 15:34

      We cannot sit and look at our country in these state we all have to stop the blame game and look beyond it. who get injured when crisis emerge. not particular group of people but SA citizen.So lets help one another infact if i witnessed such id use my Car to help though its not an ambulance,the casualty is not a Govt but same Human being as i am. Spirit of Ubuntu. No one is perfect u can compare the times and really some people have open wounds from past so lets stop SADF its now SANDF.

  • Thepudi - 2012-05-08 16:10

    It's management, taking money budgeted for something n using it for unnecessary functions that benefits nobody bt the stomachs of the powers that be. It's like not paying troops enough coz people are busy spending on functions.

  • ngoako.mathekga - 2012-05-08 17:18

    No bailout please.

  • barry.dogg.fritz - 2012-05-08 18:59

    i suppose they are going to use this as a good excuse to privatise the military like they have done with many other institutions

  • TSHTSHGLEN - 2012-05-09 15:30

    We cannot sit and look at our country in these state we all have to stop the blame game and look beyond it. who get injured when crisis emerge. not particular group of people but SA citizen.So lets help one another infact if i witnessed such id use my Car to help though its not an ambulance,the casualty is not a Govt but same Human being as i am. Spirit of Ubuntu. No one is perfect u can compare the times and really some people have open wounds from past so lets stop SADF its now SANDF.

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