Salon operates in top hospital
THE sight of weaves, hair products and manicure equipment is quite unusual in a hospital, but not at Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital.
A hair and beauty salon has been operating in the corridors of one of Gauteng's busiest hospitals for years, with a large clientele of mainly staff and patients.
Workers who have been employed at the hospital for more than 10 years say the salon was already doing business when they started working there. The salon is situated next to the radiology and pathology departments, along the hospital's main passage.
Gauteng health department spokesman Simon Zwane does not know the owners of the salon. "We don't know anything about this salon and I believe it was an arrangement between the hospital's management and the owners of the salon. Please ask the hospital's CEO, he should have answers."
Asked whether it was illegal to have a salon operating inside hospital premises, Zwane said: "I've never seen any regulations which are against that."
Hospital CEO Barney Selebano did not want to be drawn into discussions about the salon yesterday, saying only: "The hospital has no problem with businesses operating to the benefit of clients at the hospital.
"We would, however, appreciate it if businesses did so hand in hand with hospital management, so that service-level agreements can be applied for such businesses to meet the standards and norms of the health department and ours," said Selebano.
Asked whether there is a service-level agreement in place with the hair salon, Selebano said he would rather not comment. The salon, which could fit about five hospital beds, offers a range of hair and beauty treatments, including manicures, pedicures, braiding and hair straightening and styling. Men can also have their hair cut and styled.
One of the salon's regulars, who identified herself only as Nonceba, said she used the salon because it was convenient. She lives in Braamfontein and works in Parktown.
"I've been coming here for the past two years. It's cheap and convenient for me," she said.