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healthcareThe Star reports that in the midst of the healthcare crisis brought by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Gauteng Health Department doesn’t have enough permanent staff in key positions.  

Instead, senior managers at the department’s head office have left their positions after being implicated in alleged corruption related to the procurement of personal protective equipment (PPE).  The department has more than 78 vacancies ranging from senior management at head office to hospital management.  The hefty bill for acting allowances for the period from April to September amounted to R3,434,854 .  Former Gauteng health MEC Dr Bandile Masuku was relieved of his duties this month following investigations by the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) into PPE procurement.  Jacob Mamabolo is the acting MEC.  The department also doesn’t have a chief financial officer after Kabelo Lehloenya resigned in June.  Her pension payout has been frozen by the SIU pending investigations into PPE procurement have been completed.  The same was done with department head Professor Mkhululi Lukhele, who quit while on cautionary suspension.  Hospitals that don’t have chief executives include the Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital and Helen Joseph Hospital.  Mamabolo admitted the vacancies could impact on the department’s ability to deliver health care.  “It is unacceptable that we have such a high rate of positions where people are in an acting capacity, more so at senior management level,” he noted.  He said the department was working on filling the vacancies.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Tebogo Monama at The Star

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