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Paramedics respond to 5136 incidents over New Year weekend

4 January 2021

The Western Cape Government Health's Emergency Medical Services responded to 5 136 incidents in the Western Cape over the past weekend, down from 6 919 recorded last weekend. Paramedics attended to 67 transport-related incidents, including 20 involving motor vehicle crashes and 12 pedestrians in the Cape Metro region. Paramedics were also escorted by the South African Police Service (SAPS) to attend to incidents in Beacon Valley (49); Tafelsig (37), Hanover Park (36) and Chicago in Paarl (3).

The top ten incidents types EMS responded to included non-cardiac pain (840); respiratory complaints (778), COVID-19 (457), obstetric complaints (386), vomiting/diarrhea (255), abdominal complaints (248), weapon assaults (241), musculoskeletal complaints (238), neurological complaints (232), and fever (168).


Western Cape Incident breakdown


Incident District Municipality


City of Cape Town

2 616

Cape Winelands District Municipality


Eden District Municipality


West Coast District Municipality


Overberg District Municipality


Central Karoo District Municipality



Most patients were transported to the Tygerberg, Worcester and Groote Schuur Hospitals. 

 Top 10 Receiving Facilities

 Patient Receiving Facility 


 Tygerberg Hospital


 Worcester Hospital


 Groote Schuur Hospital


 Vredenburg Hospital


 Paarl Hospital


 Ceres Hospital


 Mitchells Plain Hospital


 Brackengate Intermediate Care Facility


 New Somerset Hospital


 Helderberg Hospital



EMS can also report that assault and transport-related incidents have reduced significantly during the New Year’s period, compared to the 2019 period. Assault incidents decreased by approximately 60% and transport-related incidents by 50%. We would like to thank the public for their responsible behaviour on New Year’s Eve. This ensured that our health facilities could better manage the burden of COVID-19 patients.

2020 has been a challenging year for EMS officials who had to square up to a pandemic, whilst several paramedics suffered physical assaults when providing an essential service (emergency medical care and patient transport) in vulnerable communities. These assaults compromise on-scene care, causes physical and psychological harm to officials, takes emergency vehicles out of service, and increases response times. We would like to thank the public for reporting these criminal acts to the law enforcement authorities.

Media Enquiries: 

Byron la Hoe
WCGH Communications
Cell: 072 368 0596