Minister Mbombo welcomes exemption of 5 additional hospitals from loadshedding
Five additional hospitals in the Western Cape have been exempted from loadshedding, bringing the total number of hospitals protected in the province to eight.
This follows an urgent media briefing on 30 September 2022, by the Provincial Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr Nomafrench Mbombo, after the non-exemption of hospitals by National Minister, Dr Phaahla, in the Western Cape.
Minister Mbombo stated on the day, that national government “left the Western Cape behind” and called upon them and all other stakeholders to exempt more hospitals within the Western Cape.
Since then, the City of Cape Town and Eskom have made progress in exempting more hospitals. Tygerberg, Groote Schuur and Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospitals were already exempted prior to the request for the additional 19 hospitals.
Additional Hospitals now exempted on City of Cape Town grid:
1. New Somerset Hospital
2. Mitchells’ Plain Hospital
3. Karl Bremer Hospital and
4. Victoria Hospital
Additional Hospital exempted on the Eskom grid:
5. George Hospital
Minister Mbombo stated: “I am happy that the voice of the Western Cape was heard, and I thank all stakeholders, especially the City of Cape Town and Eskom for their support in getting 5 additional hospitals exempted within the Western Cape. We are looking forward to their support in realising the exemption of the remaining 14 hospitals in the order of priority.”
The remaining hospitals on the City of Cape Town grid for which exemptions have been requested, in order of priority, are:
- False Bay
- Oral Health Centre
Hospitals from the Eskom grid for which exemptions have been requested are, in this order:
- Eerste River
- Beaufort West
"We welcome the support shown by our electricity providers in exempting some additional hospitals from loadshedding. Our staff at these hospitals can now continue providing quality health care without the worry of loadshedding, especially in theatres and emergency centres. We continue to work collaboratively with the City of Cape Town and Eskom towards a safer, uninterrupted power-supplied clinical setting in all our hospitals where our staff are required to save lives and provide the best possible care that is worthy of the residents of the Western Cape."