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Gauteng Health denies food shortage at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital

Gauteng’s health department has denied that Chris Hani Baragwanath University Hospital is out of food.

On Thursday, the Democratic Alliance (DA) expressed concern that the hospital was out of food due to mismanagement of contracts and non-payment of suppliers.

DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Health Jack Bloom said Chris Hani Baragwanath University Hospital had been out of bread for the past two weeks and some doctors and nurses had taken food to feed starving patients.

However, in a tweet the Gauteng .’s health department assured people that the hospital has enough food for patients.

“We want to reassure patients’ families and the public that Chris Hani Baragwanath University Hospital is not without food. All other types of food are served, there was only a shortage of bread which has been resolved until now and the bread delivery capacity has improved.”

Meanwhile, there has been widespread reaction to claims that Chris Hani Baragwanath University Hospital was out of food.

The DA’s shadow secretary of trade and industry, Dean Macpherson, tweeted, “But we sent R50 million to Cuba because apparently they have no food?”

Macpherson referred to South Africa’s donation to Cuba as the country grappled with food security challenges amid sanctions imposed by the United States of America.

Secretary of State for International Relations and Cooperation Alvin Botes informed the Portfolio Committee on International Relations and Cooperation about the donation in February.

The donation of R50 million to Cuba was one of the initiatives South Africa had taken to strengthen relations with other countries.

Dawie Roodt, chief economist at Efficient Group, told The Vanir-exodus that R50 million was too small to raise a riot, but in a country with high unemployment, poverty and hunger, the numbers mattered because they added up in the long run.

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