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By unknown | Feb 17, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Kingdom Mabuza

Kingdom Mabuza

The Gauteng department of health will introduce a smart card system to reduce the time patients spend waiting for treatment at public hospitals.

In his state of the province address yesterday, Gauteng premier Paul Mashatile said that while access to health had improved in the province, his government was unhappy with the long hours "our mothers and grandmothers still have to wait in long queues to access this service".

The smart card, which will be issued to the people of Gauteng, will have personal information about patients which is captured on a computer, making registration far easier.

Mashatile, whose short term in office comes to an end in April, said crime remained the biggest challenge in the province.

As part of its anti-crime strategy, Gauteng had "invested R8million" to deploy security patrols in 83 areas.

The provincial government has also built a police station for the high crime area of Diepsloot - and the establishment of 132 victim empowerment centres to provide support to crime victims.

To improve access to education, Mashatile said the province would ensure that 1600 schools were connected online by March.

He also said the school-feeding programme had been extended to more than 500000 children in primary schools.

Mashatile said his government was determined to soften the impact of the global economic crisis on the province.

"We will use measures such as social grants, increased public investment in infrastructure and the expanded public works programme to mitigate the impact of the crisis and continue to boost employment."


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