MEC Creecy Disconnected From Gauteng Broadband Project

Gauteng Broadband Network

Gauteng MEC for e-Governance, Barbara Creecy, is disconnected from the reality that the Gauteng Broadband Network has not reached all its intended end users, with some institutions still waiting for connectivity despite the instillation of equipment.

In reply to questions that I posed to the MEC in the Legislature about the roll out of the network across the province, Creecy indicated that all top 20 priority sites had been connected.

This is however not the case.

Although the Refilwe Clinic has been identified as one of the Top 20 priority sites, it has not been able to connect to the network since the installation of equipment on site some 6 months ago. The Refilwe Clinic manager informed me that the situation has become so dire that she has to leave her office and move to the Refilwe Community Hall to connect to the Tshwane Wifi to get her work done.

Connectivity Issues

When I raised this with the MEC, she shifted blame to the Department of Health, stating that her office is simply in charge of rolling out the hardware and that connectivity issues lie with the relevant departments who want to make use of the network.

This sudden shift in responsibility is an indication that MEC Creecy does not have her finger on the pulse of one of the Gauteng’s most costly – and most game changing project.

The DA will continue to keep a close eye on the roll out of the Gauteng Broadband Network so that it positively impacts on service delivery, and that residents of Gauteng receive value for their money.


Media Enquiries:

Adriana Randall MPL

DA Gauteng Shadow MEC on Finance

060 556 4342

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Bara CEO Moved 10 Months Before End Of Contract

Dr Sandile Mfenyana

Dr Sandile Mfenyana, the former CEO of the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, was moved to the Gauteng Health Department head office ten months before his contract expired despite his performance being assessed as satisfactory.

This information was disclosed by Gauteng Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu in a written response to my questions in the Gauteng legislature.

According to Mahlangu, he did not apply for a new position but was seconded to the head office on 1 March this year to strengthen district clinical services.

New Appointment

I am puzzled by this as he was removed from the hospital on 1 January this year with no explanation given to staff although his contract runs to 30 October 2016.

I think that the real reason for his involuntary removal is being covered up.

The MEC admits that his assessed performance as CEO was satisfactory and that his contract was extended from 30 April last year when it was supposed to expire.

It is unacceptable that the CEO of our largest hospital is removed without explanation. What is being hidden by the MEC’s refusal to give a rational reason for his removal?

A permanent CEO needs to be appointed at the hospital as soon as possible to ensure effective management.


Media enquiries:

Jack Bloom MPL

DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Health

082 333 4222

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