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Charlotte Maxeke Hospital to return patients and resume services by 3 May

The Gauteng Department of Health is gearing up to resume services at Charlotte Maxeke after a fire brought the facility to a standstill.

Millions spent on security

Photo via: Wikimedia Commons

A fire broke out at one of Gauteng’s most important medical facilities, the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital, on Friday, 16 April 2021. Patients were evacuated and relocated to several other facilities in the province and the provincial government opted to suspend services at the hospital.

On Saturday, the Gauteng Health department announced that services at Charlotte Maxeke would resume on 3 May.


The blaze, which broke out at the hospital’s Special Dispensary Stores, lead to the evacuation of more than 800 patients. The evacuees were moved to 17 health facilities in Gauteng.

The department said all affected patients will be transferred back to Charlotte Maxeke Hospital in a phased manner over the weekend of 1 May and hospital services are expected to resume from 3 May.

“The safety of staff and patients as well as the quality of care provided to every patient remain the most important priorities of the Gauteng Provincial Government and the Hospital Mangament as we prepare for the resumption of services,” said the department in a statement.

The fire spread from the dispensary to several buildings in the facility’s complex, causing significant damage to the infrastructure. A preliminary report found that the fire affected blocks 3 and 4 of the hospital and these will remain cordoned off until engineers complete a “detailed structural assessment.” The unaffected buildings at Charlotte Maxeke are being prepped for the return to normality.

According to reports, PPE worth an estimated R40 million was destroyed by the fire. The department said investigations into the cause of the fire are still underway.


In the Western Cape, the Caledon Provincial Hospital, in the Overberg, caught fire at 22:00 on Thursday, 22 April.

Firefighters responded quickly and stifled the blaze within minutes, according to James-Brent Styan, a spokesperson for the Western Cape Local Government. Only a single ward was damaged and no patients, staff or firefighters were injured during the incident

“By midnight all patients were back in unaffected wards,” said Styan.

The origin of the Caledon fire is also under investigation, according to the department.