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The management and operation of government hospitals reflect a catalogue of blunders, disasters and tragedies that have characterised this important part of the government health-care sector.

Citing a few cases to illustrate this state of affairs: there is the pervasively grossly mismanaged procurement process for Covid-19 personal protective equipment (PPE), which saw textile, clothing and related manufacturers within the industry not being awarded contracts, and the whole mess aggravated by contracts for distribution being awarded to politically connected entities. In many instances, PPE was found dumped throughout the country, with the Eastern Cape province earning particular notoriety...

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