MEDIA RELEASE BY MINISTRY OF DEFENCE AND MILITARY VETERANS

South African National Defence Force (SANDF) spreads its support during the Public Service strike to other Provinces and Hospitals.

Date of release 24 August 2010

The SANDF has beefed up its medical staff and security in support of the Department of Health during the public service strike. Following the intensity in which the medical workers have embarked on in this industrial action, the SANDF has occupied the majority of South African medical facilities in at least six provinces. Members who were initially placed on standby have been roped in to assist as the situation developed.

The South African Military Health Services (SAMHS) is currently deploying multi-disciplinary medical teams to the following hospitals:

  • Gauteng: Natalspruit, Chris Hani Baragwanath, Helen Joseph
  • Kalafong and George Mukhari.
  • Kwa Zulu Natal: King Edward and Mahtma Ghandi Memorial
  • Chief Albert Luthuli
Since the beginning of the industrial action, SAMHS medical teams were deployed in Gauteng and Kwa-Zulu Natal hospitals only. The SANDF has further deployed its medical teams to the following additional hospitals:

  • North West: Brits and Bophelong
  • Limpopo: Van Veden
  • Mpumalanga: Witbank, Tonga, Kwa Mhlanga, Mapulaneng, Rob Fereira, Ermelo and Themba
  • Eastern Cape: Dora Nginza and Livingston
As is the mandate of the SANDF to support government, we will continue to ensure that lives of the people of South Africa are protected.

ENDS.

Issued by: Defence Corporate Communication
(Defence Media Liaison)
Pretoria
Enquiries: Mr Siphiwe Dlamini
(012) 355 6401/083 645 4294