Northern Cape geography presents unique challenges


SABRINA DEAN – The Northern Cape has the largest landmass of any province in South Africa but is very sparsely populated, which presents unique challenges.
This is one of the conclusions of Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, who is expected to address the provincial legislature in Kimberley today after conducting oversight visits to various parts of the province this week. Her spokesperson Oupa Segalwe told OFM  the geographic realities in the province pose serious challenges for residents, particularly around access to health care. Madonsela earlier this week described the 45-bed Postmasburg Hospital as theworst hospital she has ever seen.
Segalwe said Madonsela will share her observations with lawmakers. "It is going to be a constructive engagement, she is not going to crack the whip as that is not her approach.
"Her approach is to go around, talk to the people, find out what their daily struggles are, consolidate those issues and bring them to the attention of authorities and let them make undertakings where possible to attend to all of the issues," he said.
He added that issues requiring investigation will be taken up by the Office of the Public Protector. "Her office will conduct those investigations with a view to finding remedies and redressing those negatively affected," he said.
He said issues that will dominate today’s agenda include health matters, land reform issues and allegations of fraud and corruption by government officials.
Segalwe said the Northern Cape is the seventh province to be visited by Madonsela since the initiative kicked-off in July. He says she heads to Limpopo next and will conclude her visits in the Free State province.