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Zuma promises R250m hospital

By Benson Ntlemo and Frank Maponya | Jul 08, 2011 | COMMENTS [ 48 ]

PRESIDENT'S PLEDGE: 'The new hospital will have new management, enough beds and doctors'

RESIDENTS of Nzhelele, near Louis Trichardt in Limpopo, were yesterday rewarded for complaining about the state of their hospital, Siloam, with President Jacob Zuma pledging to build them a new R250 million hospital.

Speaking at an imbizo in the area yesterday, Zuma said when his administration took office, it pledged to "do things differently".

He said after listening to the complaints of the people of Nzhelele, he realised it was not fair to renovate the hospital, and that it would only be better to build a new one.

The new hospital is to be built in two phases - with the first phase starting in the 2011-2012 financial year and the second phase in the 2012-2013 financial year.

He promised that the new hospital would not face the challenges currently being faced by Siloam.

"The new hospital will have new management, enough beds and doctors," Zuma said.

He said he was made to believe that there was enough space to build a new hospital while the old one was in operation.

Local traditional healer Mbulaheni Neluvhola, who is the chairperson of the Vhembe Traditional Healers Practitioners, said Siloam Hospital was not clean and that the service there was poor.

"The hospital is bushy and some patients get lost in the premises," said Neluvhola.

He said there were no theatre equipment and that when they went to the dispensary they found "expired drugs".

After the visit, Zuma proceeded to Lebowakgomo Hospital, where he was warmly received. He visited patients in several wards, accompanied by Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi and Limpopo MEC for health Dikeledi Magadzi.

He then went to Lebowakgomo civic centre, where he listened to concerns by residents.

Bethuel Malepe from GaMphahlele said his file and X-ray documents, including his medical certificates, had disappeared from the hospital. He said he was suffering from asbestosis and could not be compensated because of the disappearance of the documents.

Other villagers pleaded with Zuma for clinics in their communities, saying they were ill-treated at Lebowakgomo Hospital because they came from "outside".

Zuma promised to attend to their concerns.


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its almost 2 years now,I haven't seen any foundation of the hospital rumors says the money is gone, there is no hot water no medicine mo food no clothes its Hell, a loy of cats cockroaches you name them the hospital is Hell

Apr 23, 2013 1:22 | 0 replies

Can he stop with the promises and start doing things...

We are sick and tired of being promised things...

Jul 08, 2011 12:41 | 0 replies

Promises, Promises and more promoses. Mpumalanga province was promised the university
two year back to date nothing has happen. The community of former Kwa-ndebele was promised
railwayline for all commuters who travells from TO PTA todate nothing has happened.
may you in Limpopo the promise will be fulfilled we dont know.

Jul 08, 2011 11:53 | 0 replies

More and more promises, I hope this one will be kept. If the new hospital will have new management and new staff, what will happen to those of the old one - is it going to be closed or renovated at a later stage. Why not make the projects work simultaneously, renovate the old one while building a new one....what will be happening to patients and the conditions of the old hospital while they are building a new one-phela patients are getting lost in the bushes and there are expired drugs too.

and I wonder who is going to get the tender to build the new hospital - watch this space

Jul 08, 2011 12:4 | 0 replies

"E tla re re re ke dipitse ra bo re bone ka mebala ntate Zuma, se lebale gore phiri e sola boboa, mokgwa ga e o latlhe".

Jul 08, 2011 11:0 | 0 replies

Mr President, our state hospital in all provinces are in horrible states. You must know by now as this hospitals were built during apartheid time, and were maintained in that time. Since ANC took over there were no maintance as all the monies were pocketed. All equipments are old. I do not know if we still have cleaners in the hospitals. Most of the nurses if not all are horrible and without experience. They do not treat patient with repect. I was shocked that one of my relative was given gloves by nurses at Tembisa hospital to change the wound of our sick relative. I do not know if this is a new policy or what??? really shocking!!!!!!!!. Were are we heading to?There is really a need for newly built hospitals in all provinces and educated, skilled and experience managers need to be appointed to manage. We need those old matron who use to maintain order in hospitals.

Jul 08, 2011 10:56 | 0 replies

Another day another promise.

Jul 08, 2011 10:20 | 0 replies

Our state hospitals is in a horrable state.It's even worse nw that interns have 2 tend 2 our patients. That is y so many ppl die in the state hospitals...

Jul 08, 2011 10:21 | 0 replies

Viva Hi excellency president Zuma Viva.

Another great move from a great Man.
To hell with the sour anti democrats, It's a bitter pill for them to swallow when they progress under a black man's Mentorship.

Jul 08, 2011 10:0 | 0 replies

Thanks my President and this is one reason you will remain popular to most South African because you do not marginalise those who voted you to power. A good individual who is a leader must sometimes be incontact with those who never thought/imagine they can be in touch with him/her. Most of our elected leaders does not visit those who made them what they are today and that makes democracy to be scrutinised for they implement they individaual interest not what the mass desire. To me, you are still a favourible president for the poor because your deeds are clearly visible. Your plan is clear about rural development and if ALL elected councilors may support the governments wish, we could benefit from your leadership as the under-previleged and marginalised rural people of SA.

Jul 08, 2011 10:15 | 0 replies

Oh well this whole project shall be riddled with corruption from the start..improper procurements,nepotism you name them..Zuma must stop his sugar coated promises and start dealing harshly with his corrupt ANC members.

Jul 08, 2011 10:15 | 0 replies