Gauteng hospitals owe R2.9 million to companies that supply diesel for boilers, tractors and back-up generators.
The Gauteng Health Department buys diesel from a number of companies in terms of a contract by National Treasury.
The following companies are owed money:
- Kiarah Chemicals cc R936 835
- One Line Project Solutions cc R491 150
- Kebaratile General Trading R29 227
- Afric Oil Pty Ltd R373 219
- General Energy Systems Pty Ltd R1 065 358
I am aware of cases where late supply of diesel has led to generators failing after power cuts, and boilers with no steam to provide heat and sterilise surgical instruments.
I am also concerned that the department pays R12.38 per litre of diesel, which is a bit more than you would pay at a local garage.
Surely a discount rate could have been achieved as part of the diesel tender?
This is yet another example where the department is getting poor value for money and there are supply disruptions because of non-payment.
The department should pay its bills and ensure a reliable diesel supply for hospitals.
Jack Bloom MPL
DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Health
082 333 4222