CAPE TOWN – Health Minister Joe Phaahla says major hospitals in the country have been exempted from power cuts.
Phaahla, joined by his deputy minister, Sibongiseni Dhlomo, gave an update on the extent that the power cuts were affecting the public sector’s healthcare services.
The ministers will also present government’s interventions to mitigate the impact of the rolling power cuts.
The Health Department has met with power utility Eskom, the minister of public works and enterprises as well as municipal officials to discuss the issue.
“Of course, this may not be the case when there’s a breakdown of cables in the supply through Eskom itself but in terms of planned and managed load shedding, these facilities have been guaranteed to be exempted, either directly through Eskom or through their local authorities.”
“Dr Buthelezi, the DG and the team and managers from our finance and also our infrastructure section had very long and fruitful discussions with the leadership from Eskom, together with our leaders from provincial health departments.”
Phaahla said that the breakdown of power supply not only impact operations but also affected the safety of healthcare workers.
“There are some thugs that prey on health workers knowing that they finish work late at night and when there’s outages in the streets and areas where they live, they pounce on them as they arrive.”