DispatchLIVE - TERMINAL HEALTHCARE - Special Investigations

 Weeks before the pandemic was to hit SA, testing health resources to the limit, an exclusive investigation by the Daily Dispatch found the Eastern Cape's public health facilities so badly run and maintained that their condition could best be described as 'terminal'.


Dire state of R240m nightmare

Lofty promises of a R240m new hospital to replace a crumbling Madwaleni Hospital in Elliotdale have turned to dust.

By Sino Majangaza

WATCH | Frere Hospital patients wait, and wait

Twenty-six patients, many with broken or dislocated bones or flesh wounds, lie on the floor, benches and stretchers in ...

By Malibongwe Dayimani

Foundation of hope crumbles

The only thing growing on the site of a promised R740-million upgrade of St Elizabeth Hospital in Lusikisiki for the ...

By Sino Majangaza

Health last at nurses’ residence

Blocked toilets with faeces overflowing and having to use buckets to relieve themselves, flea-infested rooms, about 50 ...

By Soyiso Maliti

WATCH | Fears grow at hospital of hell

Patients at a crumbling Nessie Knight Hospital in Qumbu live in terror that the hospital will collapse on them.

By Sino Majangaza

R4bn cost for a mess

A grand government promise of a R4bn-upgrade of dilapidated and collapsing provincial hospitals is riddled with lies.

By Sino Majangaza

Hospitals in bed, staff crisis

Two “underdeveloped” Eastern Cape hospitals have been identified as the reason for the bed shortage crisis at Frere ...

By Malibongwe Dayimani

Parents’ battle for better facility thrown in officials’ laps

Parents from the “rotten” Zanokhanyo Junior Secondary School in Butterworth are taking their fight for a better school ...

By Aretha Linden

WATCH | Frere Hospital patients wait, and wait

Twenty-six patients, many with broken or dislocated bones or flesh wounds, lie on the floor, benches and stretchers in ...

By Malibongwe Dayimani

Frere Hospital finds beds for ‘long-suffering’ patients

The orthopaedic patients found lying in Frere Hospital’s overcrowded corridors earlier this week were whisked away to ...

By Malibongwe Dayimani


Parents urge MEC to use school toilet

Parents of 471 pupils at a Butterworth school have thrown down the gauntlet and challenged education MEC Fundile Gade ...

By Aretha Linden

WATCH | Classrooms burning at troubled Atwell Madala High School

Nine prefab classes are on fire at Atwell Madala High School in Mthatha.

By Aretha Linden

Matrics still waiting for textbooks – 12 weeks before final exams

With less than three months before thousands of Eastern Cape matric pupils sit down for their year-end exams, three ...

By Sikho Ntshobane

10 classrooms burned after pupils demand new school

Ten prefab classrooms at troubled Atwell Madala High were razed to the ground on Tuesday morning.

By Sikho Ntshobane, Ziyanda Zweni, Bhongo Jacob and Malibongwe Dayimani

Eastern Cape schools becoming dangerous war zones

Poor or rich, Eastern Cape schools have become a war zone, and the education department is fighting back.

By Aretha Linden


Taps run dry in Butterworth - residents demand answers

Residents of Butterworth on Monday closed the busy N2 from East London to Mthatha with burning tyres, demanding that ...

By Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik for GroundUp

WATCH | Fury over lost R350m

A multimillion-rand mega water scheme meant to solve the water crisis in Mnquma has been dealt a body blow. The water ...

By Lulamile Feni

No water in village, but authorities deny it

Scores of residents in KwaNyoka village in Cofimvaba have been left high and dry by water cuts.

By Ziyanda Zweni

No Water in the taps

The collapse of the Amathole District Municipality’s water supply system in the midst of a drought and a strike is ...

By Bongani Fuzile; Asanda Nini; Soyiso Maliti; Aretha Linden; Lulamile Feni and Liso Tyusha

Makhanda residents restricted to 25 litres of water a day

Makhanda residents have been urged to cut water consumption to just 25 litres per person per day or a maximum of 100 ...

By Adrienne Carlisle

R1.2bn to tackle EC water shortages

Premier Phumulo Masualle’s provincial government has injected R1.2bn to help 10 drought-stricken areas deal with ...

By Zine George

No flushing toilets as Makhanda school is hit by water shortages

Makhanda’s unreliable water supply is causing serious sanitation problems for a local school.

By Lucas Nowicki

Cradock, Middelburg children becoming ill

The water crisis in the Inxuba Yethemba municipality is deepening, with boreholes that service the communities of ...

By Lizeka Tandwa

Cradock residents vent frustration over lack of water

Irate Hillside township residents in Cradock barricaded roads with burning tyres demanding water from the Chris Hani ...

By Tembile Sgqolana

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