AS IT HAPPENED: Contractor removed from site with immediate effect

2017-03-02 18:24

Five people were injured when a roof collapsed at the Charlotte Maxeke Academic hospital, but the rest of the hospital's operations were not affected.


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Gwen Ramokgopa says Charlotte Maxeke is one of the biggest hospitals, other areas have not been affected but alternative access will be made for entrance the hospital.

02 Mar 19:06
When a contractor is found to do work that is inconsistent they can be blacklisted and if there is criminal activity, action will be taken.

02 Mar 19:02

Premier David Makhura said their immediate concern was to check injured patients, two of them had been discharged.

Focus now is on the contractor.

Department of labour inspectors are present and will provide a report.

02 Mar 19:01

Aaron Motsoaledi says the contractors had removed concrete from an are and decided to place it in an area where they weren't working.

That area had a thin 'layer of sorts' and the weight of that concrete is what resulted in the collapse.

02 Mar 19:00

MEC Jacob Mamabolo said it doesn’t appear that safety signs were put up to alert people that construction work was being conducted.

The contractor must be held accountable as they didn’t use safety measures.

The contactors will be removed from the site with immediate effect and taken to task.

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EFF Gauteng MPL Mandisa Mashego is demanding answers from the MEC of Infrastructure and Development on the company that has been conducting maintenance at Charlotte Maxeke Hospital.

She said the company has been doing water-proofing for over a year at the hospital.

“We want to know from the MEC of Infrastructure and Development, what is the name of the company that is doing the work,” Mashego said.

“We also want to know, as a matter of urgency, if it’s an outright accident.” She added that the EFF has been receiving numerous complaints from the medical profession, particularly Charlotte Maxeke Hospital.

“It’s a coincidence that this happens now, because during this week we’ve been receiving a lot of worrying calls from the medical profession, particularly at this hospital.

We are planning to hone in specifically at health and this specific hospital.

“We have a special interest in this hospital… we are going to keep a close eye on the issue,” Mashego said.

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Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi, Gauteng Premier David Makhura, Health MEC Gwen Ramokgopa, Infrastructure MEC Jacob Mamabolo are all at the hospital being briefed on the collapse.

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Health minister Aaron Moastoledi has also arrived at Charlotte Maxeke Hospital.

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ER24’s Russel Meiring told News24 that there are approximately 20-30 staff and teams trying to work through the rubble at Charlotte Maxeka  Hospital.

“Authorities including ER24 and various services are trying to wade through the rubble, which is a very tedious and very time consuming exercise. There may be more people still trapped under the rubble, but it is not confirmed yet,” Meiring said.

He said rubble could be cleared in the next few hours and could not confirm if there are any fatalaties.

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Immediately after the collapse people rushed to help.

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Gwen Ramokgopa - Health MEC gives an update on the search for contractors, hospital employees and patients.

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MEC Gwen Ramokgopa said five people have been sustained minor tissue injuries - two patients, two workers and one staff member.

She could not confirm if more people are still trapped underneath the debris.

Rescue operations are ongoing and heavy machinery has been brought in to dig through.

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Cleaners at the hospital say that they are not surprised by the roof falling as water leaks from the everyday.

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Rescue workers at the scene of Charlotte Maxeke Hospital where the roof collapsed.

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