The Gauteng Department of Health & Wellness owes councils R421m for electricity, with R387.5m owed to Johannesburg alone, reports City Press.

This information was disclosed by Health & Wellness MEC Nomantu Nkomo-Ralehoko in a written reply to DA Health Shadow MEC Jack Bloom’s questions in the Gauteng Legislature yesterday.

According to the department, the late payments are due to the late submission of invoices and disputes over incorrect billing.

Bloom said the MEC claimed most of the (R429.5m) debt was for less than 90 days, but R1 655 000 had been owed for three to 12 months, and R243 000 had been owed for more than a year.

The amounts owed include: City of Tshwane – R14.5m, Eskom – R10.2m, Mogale City – R5.4m Ekurhuleni – R2.4m, Lesedi – R744 000, Merafong City – R355 000, Rand West City – R326 000.

Health services have suffered because Mogale City has suspended electricity at some district facilities due to non-payment and billing disputes.

Bloom said Tshwane also cut off services because of non-payment, but the department insisted this was not true.

Nkomo–Ralehoko said they had not allocated the funds they received. 

According to the department's reply, Charlotte Maxeke hospital owes R329.6m, followed by Chris Hani Baragwanath hospital, which owes R19.3m, while Rahima Moosa hospital owes R15.4m and Helen Joseph Hospital owes R10.6m.

Bloom said in Tshwane, the Steve Biko hospital owes Eskom R4m, Jubilee hospital owes R2.6m, and Tshwane District Health owes R2.5m.

Bloom mentioned Eskom was owed R4.8m by Thelle Mogoerane Hospital, R1.2m by Jubilee Hospital and R512 000 by Tshwane District Health.

In Mogale City, Leratong Hospital owes R2.6m and Sterkfontein Hospital owes R1.7 m.

Full City Press report