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Health dept to clamp down on tenders

2012-10-16 07:44

Johannesburg - Tenders need to be reduced as they are destroying the public health system, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi says.

The Sowetan reported on Tuesday that Motsoaledi intended to clamp down on tenders in the health department.

"The replacement of the healthcare system with a tender-care system has destroyed our public health system in this country, and it needs to be reversed," Motsoaledi said.

This was the position he took at the ANC's policy conference. Motsoaledi said that much of the health budget was spent on tenders.

Of the annual budget of R121bn, the department paid R6bn to security companies.

"We are going to try by all means to do things in-house.

"In this way we can train people and then hire them with better benefits and pay," he said.

Comments
  • Andrea - 2012-10-16 07:48

    Going back to the way it was done before, are we?

      ChristelleJames - 2012-10-16 07:52

      But then, as we know they tenders are not the problem, the greedy little fingers!!!

      Andrea - 2012-10-16 08:04

      Doing it "in house", I suppose they will now be legally employing the cadres? Most unfortunate. Back-handed deals are still going to be made, bribes are still going to be paid.

      Proudly Me - 2012-10-16 08:10

      And it takes them a decade to figure this out. Lets bring the entire system to its knees, rape the system and then try to put it back together again liek it was before. Greedy bastards. The people who voted for this government deserve every littler bit of crap they get

      ChristelleJames - 2012-10-16 08:13

      No doubt. Where there is a loop-hole, there is a bribe. Very innovative employees we have in Africa

      nicholas.graan - 2012-10-16 08:20

      Wait until the National Health Insurance Scheme kicks in ... then you will see tender corruption, looting and theft on a scale second to none. That is the bonanza the cadres are waiting for.

      colin.dovey - 2012-10-16 08:53

      "The problems we face today are there because the people who work for a living are outnumbered by those who vote for a living" This was written by a 21 yr old female who gets it. It's her future she’s worried about and this is how she feels about the social welfare system that she’s being forced to live in! These solutions are just common sense in her opinion. Put me in charge . . .. Put me in charge of benefit payments. I'd get rid of cash payments and provide vouchers for 50kg bags of rice and beans, blocks of cheese, basic sanitary items and all the powdered milk you can use. If you want steak, burgers, takeaway and junk food, then get a job. Put me in charge of the NHS. The first thing I'd do is to get women to have birth control implants. Then, we'll test recipients for drugs, alcohol, and nicotine. If you want to reproduce, use drugs, drink alcohol or smoke, then get a job. Put me in charge of local authority housing. Ever live in military barracks? You will maintain our property in a clean and good state of repair.

      colin.dovey - 2012-10-16 08:54

      Your "home" will be subject to inspections anytime and possessions will be inventoried. If you want a plasma TV or Xbox 360, then get a job and your own place. Put me in charge of compulsory job search. You will either search for employment each week no matter what the job or you will report for community work. This may be clearing the roadways and open spaces of rubbish, painting and repairing public housing, whatever we find for you. We will sell your 22 inch rims and low profile tires and your dooff dooff stereo and speakers and put that money toward the common good. Before you write that I've violated someone's rights, realise that all of the above is voluntary. If you want our hard earned cash and housing assistance, accept our rules.. Before you say that this would be "demeaning" and ruin someones "self esteem," consider that it wasn't that long ago that taking someone else's money for doing absolutely nothing was demeaning and lowered self esteem. If we are expected to pay for other people's mistakes we should at least attempt to make them learn from their bad choices. The current system rewards those for continuing to make bad choices. AND While you are on benefit income you no longer have the right to VOTE! For you to vote would be a conflict of interest..... If you want to vote, then get a job. Now, if you have the guts - PASS IT ON... BRING ON THE REVOLUTION

  • thadelphukem.completely - 2012-10-16 07:54

    I dont think that tenders are the main problem... They are one of the problems but there are other issues! It more likely the useless government and their health policies, corruption as always, nepotism and not forgetting untrained staff... Health care in this country, there is no such thing!!! Unless you can afford private medical aid with their insanely high rates you are basically stuffed...

  • Krishna - 2012-10-16 07:54

    What a revelation!!! Oh my God! Really? Did you mean for example the honorable "THREE AMIGOS" who did not even get a slap on the wrist? "The replacement of the healthcare system with a tender-care system has destroyed our public health system in this country, and it needs to be reversed,". Thats the problem with health care,as in government-there is NO ACCOUNTABILITY. So why then attack the private sector and dream of the NHI? Outsource the DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH to NETCARE/MEDICLINIC or any private health care operator,and watch how healthcare should be run. The patients wont die unnecessary deaths or suffer rediculous complications and linen would NOT be the reason that theatres would be shut down!!!! Learn from the private sector- PRIVATISE HEALTHCARE.

      janet.pretorius1 - 2012-10-16 09:42

      Please God NO - do not outsource healthcare to netcare or any other private medical company currently in place. They WILL let you die if you cannot afford treatment. DO employ competent, accountable individuals - and don't let those that don't work - vote - as per Xavier's posting.

  • yo.naidoo.7 - 2012-10-16 07:54

    Mr Minister, what chance do you have, of successfully introducing NHI in 2014 , with the current Healthcare crisis ?

      Krishna - 2012-10-16 08:10

      I suspect they will force it thro' using tax payers money,and after some time, it would collapse. And the story would start again. Remember 2014 is the national election year. They need a carrot to dangle in front of the public. Lets keep and fingers and toes crossed!

  • maphumulo.m - 2012-10-16 07:59

    This should apply in all public service departments... I don't know why it took you so long realise this.

  • teddy.beer.319 - 2012-10-16 07:59

    Rather replace the whole system with a Tender-Loving-Care (TLC) system. People are dying rather unnecessarily.

  • mahlorislash - 2012-10-16 08:00

    Good initiative, always respected this man

  • gmkrwala - 2012-10-16 08:00

    Wish your bosses @ Luthuli house agree with u,we must minise this tendering thing or get rid of it altogether,it has downgraded the quality of building structures,services etc.

  • lulama - 2012-10-16 08:04

    Solution: Give all tenders to me :-)

  • ingrid.oberholzer - 2012-10-16 08:07

    He is telling the masses what he thinks we should hear before Manga, Manga,gaining brownie points, we all know this is not going to change because they will get voted in AGAIN and this will just carry on as usual.

  • beverly.young3 - 2012-10-16 08:08

    There is no health care. This was simply another 'loop-hole' whereby money could be stolen. 'Suppliers' who have arrangements with the 'buyers' who invoice fraudulent, pumped up amounts for supplies.(and pocketing the diffference ) Friends who are awarded the tenders, and 'sell' them to real companies for a kick-back, on and on, the story goes. Theft, miss-management etc., it starts at the top. Many years ago, at a certain hospital in the EC, the staff were on strike ne? The superintendent was amazed at how the food supplies suddenly PILED up in the hospital, there was no room to store it......why? 'cos there was no one to steal it..... Its sick, ('scuse the pun) its is frightening, and it is killing a nation. Basic care at clinics, that have no medical supplies. Hospitals that run out of everything, and staff, doctors who are not getting paid? eish.....nurses who have 'attitude' inbetween polishing their nails and eating. (I know there are excellent ones too).... In the rural areas, people line up for days to be seen by a doctor, it is awful....tiny children, starving and ill......oh my. How can anyone fix this?

  • hendrik.verwoerd.94 - 2012-10-16 08:09

    News 24, please do not report on what the ANC do. They will be ridiculed by DA supporters (who are the majoority on your site) even if they want to do good.

      colin.dovey - 2012-10-16 09:24

      What an admission to make - you gave me the laugh of the day!

  • dragonfire47 - 2012-10-16 08:09

    This I got to see, phishing for votes again is what this is

  • andrew.mackie.90 - 2012-10-16 08:09

    More taxpayer money going down the drain, every time government institutions want to take on the running of their departments it cost us more. Mainly due to lack of skills as well as greed and corruptiom. Time will tell.

  • bart.mitchell.393 - 2012-10-16 08:13

    Yawn,just another POLOTRIKTION banging on about corruption and how he is not going to deliver on his empty promises.Yawn again

  • sthembiso.jali.50 - 2012-10-16 08:13

    The minister should also address the inequalities

  • george.slade.161 - 2012-10-16 08:13

    Heres a solution for the ANC . In the Words of Jack Nicholson : GET REAL /THINK WHITE !

  • zolani.lubelwana - 2012-10-16 08:17

    Shhh! Minister, you will be found short on your way home by a group of thugs who wanted would rob you of jewellary and cell phone and no arrest will be made. Now you are stepping on the toes of the FREEDOM FIGHTERS and politicians at Luthuli hse, PEC and Local government. To hire and pay a handy man at the clinice who farms R4000pm is far cheaper than issuing a tender of 1 million for the same duties. It's not only your department that is bleeding cash but the whole government at all levels and the SACP has been saying this but way seen as the '' Enemy of the State'' That's what all South Africans are calling for, thus banning of labour brokers and scraping of the tender system and had to the government to do this jobs is what creates rapid change of leadership in the ANC. This is the one that we can not blame on whites or racism, but on us. If you disagree with this and the minister, then you must be sick in the head. I support your call minister..........any one with me?

      zolani.lubelwana - 2012-10-16 08:28

      Disclaimer: handy man earns R4000 p/m. And we should hand do away with tenders and let the government to hire and employ the students that the are asking to acquire technical skills at the technical colleges. We can not blame the tender system to the apartheid now can we? I hope the minister will not be silenced on this one, lets support his call. If the ANC youth league was making this call instead of taking land from the whites and nationalization and so on, we would be supporting them.

  • dee.bone.39 - 2012-10-16 08:19

    ????\r\nThe ANC is destroying the health system!!!\r\n When an addict admits his problem he's closer to the road to recovery.\r\nAdmit your only interest is the tax coffers. Our tax well is not a bottomless pit. We will pay a heavy price for this party's performance

  • mshiniboys - 2012-10-16 08:21

    Another one trying to find his foot on the Mangaung saga.Tenders are not likely to go away because they are part of the BEE programe.This Cindirella dream is similar to the land issue that people think will ever be resolved.It will not because your own govenment signed the protection of property rights after the 1994 election thus giving away everything to the people who stole it.Do not listen to anyone who fools you into thinking you will get back land that you lost either through forced removal or at gunpoint.The only possible thing is a negotiation for cash or willing buyer willing seller agreement.Tittle deed situation and nothing else.

  • flysouth - 2012-10-16 08:23

    What is he referring to I wonder? - tenders are simply a mechanism to find the most suitable price and supplier for specified goods and services and work just fine if the process is not corrupted! If we are reading his actual words and the reporter did not get it all screwed up, then this shows the depth of ignorance and lack of understanding that exists at the very highest levels of the ANC.

  • steve.ritchie.739 - 2012-10-16 08:28

    There is only one solution to this problem Mr Minister. Get the cANCer out and let the DA and the businessmen/women run this country. After nearly two decades, all the cANCer has done is steal from the taxpayers and the people and ruin a great country. You get what you vote for.

      zolani.lubelwana - 2012-10-16 08:34

      The DA is a political party my friend. They will do the same. The duty to run the the country begins with you and me. You can't call politicians and business like a 5 year old who calls mum or dad to help. You must say 'SOUTH AFRICANS MUST RUN THIS COUNTRY, ALL RACES' Good call though and I support your view.

      steve.ritchie.739 - 2012-10-16 08:50

      Agreed Zolani. Politics is a filthy business the world over. We all need to stand together as a nation and fix the problems. Thanks for your comment.

  • brad.herbert.522 - 2012-10-16 08:31

    If you clamp down on tenders, where are the ANC MP's and families going to make thier money?

  • quartus.vanzyl - 2012-10-16 08:35

    So, Mr Maak so lettie, please tell us how you are going to procure goods and services in future. Just place orders directly with the ANC friends?

  • sthembiso.jali.50 - 2012-10-16 08:42

    The prices at private hospitals are very high, public hospitals are disgrace to human kind. When is he gonna take an action to that ?

  • quartus.vanzyl - 2012-10-16 08:43

    So, Mr Maak so lettie, please tell us how you are going to procure goods and services in future

  • heidi.pierce.12 - 2012-10-16 09:00

    I have huge respect for minister Motsoaledi. I think removing the middle man and the opportunity for corruption as far as possible and at the same time using training in government institutions as a vehicle for upliftment makes a lot of sense. If it can be implemented successfully it can become a blue-print for the rest of government. If anyone can get it done, it will be Minister Motsoaledi.

  • sihlangu.hokweni - 2012-10-16 10:22

    The department should FOCUS

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-10-16 12:11

    If they destroy the public health service, why were they allowed in the first place?.

  • majwarha.balakisi - 2012-10-16 13:40

    what are other Departments waiting for. Why did they outsource jobs they could do themselves?

  • thato.kgole.104 - 2012-10-16 15:11

    Some state hospitals recently reported shortages of drugs, including ARVs, and yet R6bil was spent on security services. Thank you for the wake-up Mr Minister, public health does need tighter controls on non-essential expenditure.

  • ndou.miranda - 2012-10-16 15:54

    Mr. Motsoaledi South Africa is waiting for that change hle.

  • mammudi.makgaleng.3 - 2012-10-16 19:22

    That's a good thought Minister, though it took you long to realize that. At least your thinking of something than your boss shower head.

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