The Gauteng Health Department has failed to pay April salaries to 91 doctors and nurses at the Helen Joseph Hospital despite the extra burden from Covid-19 cases and patients diverted from closed departments at the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Hospital.
According to a memo by hospital CEO Dr Relebohile Ncha, the non-payment is because there is a delay in the approval of 91 out of 177 Covid-19 contract posts for the 2022/23 financial year.
This is yet another example of incompetence that hurts hard-working medical staff who are trying to save lives in difficult circumstances.
Earlier this year interns at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital also endured late payment of salaries which was so bad that doctors donated to a fund to help them.
I have contacted Gauteng Health MEC Nomathemba Mokgethi to speed up the payment to the 71 staff members.
But the real need is radical surgery to fix the deep-rooted problems at the Gauteng Health Department which lurches from crisis to crisis.
I look forward to interacting with Dr Nomonde Nolutshungu, the new Head of Department, to assist her in making the changes to ensure a decent public health service in Gauteng.
The Democratic Alliance (DA) in Gauteng is shocked to learn that Emfuleni has spent R893 984,000 in four months for the payment of two administrators’ salaries.
This information was revealed by the Gauteng MEC for Human Settlements and Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA), Lebogang Maile in an oral reply to the DA’s questions at a virtual sitting of the Gauteng Provincial Legislature (GPL).
According to MEC Maile, a team of three administrators were appointed to support the lead administrator in the Emfuleni Local Municipality.
The team started working in Emfuleni in August 2020 and they are paid an hourly rate of R2264,00 in line with the treasury regulations which constitute 52 hours per month.
The Gauteng Department of COGTA is only paying the salaries of two administrators who are part of the provincial government and the other two administrators are paid by Emfuleni. Each administrator earns about R111 748 a month which means that Emfuleni has spent R893 984,000 on the salaries of two administrators in four months.
It is unacceptable that the cash-strapped Emfuleni Municipality continues to pay ridiculous salaries to administrators while facing a serious cash flow problem.
This municipality has been battling to pay its debts owed to Rand Water and Eskom as well as to pay it service providers for the services rendered yet they continue to pay thousands of rands to administrators every month.
Service delivery has completely collapsed in Emfuleni under the watch of these administrators who are failing to rescue this municipality from its serious financial situation.
The DA calls on MEC Maile to review the work done by these administrators in Emfuleni so far so as to ascertain whether they are assisting in rescuing this municipality from its long-term financial and service delivery problems. We see no use in having a team of four administrators if this municipality continues to move from one challenge to another with no lasting solution.
Ignorant Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane
Gauteng MEC for Community Safety, Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane, clearly does not know what is happening in her Department nor does she apparently read any reports relating to the Auditor General’s findings on her Department.
Her ignorance – although she signed off on these reports, was exposed yesterday, in a questions session in the Legislature.
The MEC challenged certain statistics I quoted from the Auditor General’s findings. This report showed that some employees worked more than 30% of their salaries in overtime-claims which is in direct contravention of the PFMA.
The MEC further questioned the DA’s source of information relating to the department’s outcomes in Key Performance Areas (KPAs) while this was clearly reflected by the 2014/15 Annual Report she endorsed.
It is truly unfortunate that her outbursts expose a leader who is completely out of touch with the insurmountable challenges which face her department.
MEC Nkosi-Malobane would do well to educate and familiarise herself with the reports on her Department to ensure greater accountability and efficiency and ultimately the safety of all residents in Gauteng, instead of attacking the DA for facts she ought to be aware of.
Michele Clarke MPL
DA Gauteng Spokesperson on Community Safety
060 558 8299