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Health Minister Dr Joe Phaahla. GCIS / Flickr

Calls for all SA hospitals to be exempted from load shedding

There have been various calls for SA hospitals to be exempted from load shedding as it negatively impacts patients and operations.

hospitals load shedding

Health Minister Dr Joe Phaahla. GCIS / Flickr

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has called for every hospital in the country to be exempted from load shedding. 

This comes as national power supplier, Eskom, is currently rolling out black outs alternating between Stage 3 and 4 which have negatively impacted operations in some health facilities in the country. 


On Friday, Health Minister, Dr Joe Phaahla announced a number of hospitals in the country that will be exempt from the rolling blackouts.

Phaahla said the health ministry said the impact of load shedding on healthcare services cannot be underestimated or overemphasised.

“Load shedding is a risk to the efforts to deliver on our constitutional mandate of protecting, promoting and maintaining the health, safety and well-being of patients and the public by ensuring quality pharmaceutical service for all South Africans,” he said.

DA Shadow Minister of Health Michel Clarke said while they welcome Phaahla’s announcement that several hospitals will be exempt from load shedding, they call on him to continue engaging with Eskom to ensure that each and every hospital in South Africa will be exempt.

Clarke said the Department of Health must also ensure that all public health facilities are capacitated with working generators and uninterrupted power supply (UPS) equipment to ensure that all communities have uninterrupted access to health care.

“We further call on the Minister to engage with the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) to amend section 8.6.15 of NRS 048-9:2019 (Part 9: Code of Practice – Load Reduction Practices, System Restoration Practices and Critical Load and Essential Load Requirements under Power System Emergencies) so that hospitals and medical centres are excluded from all future instances of load shedding.

“Continued power supply for hospitals should not be at the behest of a power utility – it must be protected in legislation and regulations.”

Michele Clark


Hospitals exempted from load shedding:

Gauteng: Charlotte Maxeke, Helen Joseph, Steve Biko Academic, George Mukhari, Pretoria West, Tshwane District, Mamelodi, Bronkhrospruit, Kalafong.

Free State: Pelenomi.

KwaZulu-Natal: Harry Gwala (former Edendale), Greys, Ladysmith, Prince Mshiyeni, RK Khan, Inkosi Albert Luthuli, McCords, King Dinizulu, Mandela Children`s Hospital, Mahatma Ghandi, Osindindisweni, St Aidans, Addington and Clairwood.

Limpopo: Mankweng, Lebowakgomo, Dilokong and Maklenburg.

Eastern Cape: Frere, Elliot, Livingstone, PE Hospital and Uitenhage.

Western Cape: Tygerberg, Groote Schuur and Red Cross.

Hospitals awaiting a response from Eskom:

Northern Cape: Three names have been submitted and are waiting for a response from the power utility.

Mpumalanga: Witbank and Rob Ferreira hospitals are on the priority list and awaiting a response.

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