Aug 15

Western Cape plans to safeguard public health facilities against continuous blackouts

Western Cape’s health department has set aside a budget of R87 million to install hybrid inverters in every rural primary healthcare facility. This will be in the province in addition to solar panels at 15 hospitals. According to News24, during an ad hoc committee meeting on the energy crisis on Friday, the head of the department, Dr Keith Cloete, said there had been a 56% increase in all infrastructure emergencies at health facilities between the 2022/23 and 2023/24 financial years, with a specific increase of 140% in generator and electrical emergencies. Ten public hospitals in the province are exempted from load shedding, while 193 depend on generators.