OPEN LETTER to Minister Sydney Mufamadi by Bantu Holomisa re
SEVERE SEWERAGE PROBLEMS AT NEW UMTATA HOSPITAL 
(
17 January 2001)

Hon. Minister FS Mufamadi
Private Bag X802
Pretoria
0001

Dear Sir

SEVERE SEWERAGE PROBLEMS AT NEW UMTATA HOSPITAL

You will recall that a new hospital was recently completed in Umtata to fulfil an urgent health need which was recognised among others by the former president, Dr Nelson Mandela who has been a major force behind the development.

At the time of commencement of construction the local authorities pointed out that the infrastructure and reticulation of the existing old hospital could not sustain the sewerage of the new development; and several approaches were therefore made to your Ministry to intervene and provide the necessary funding to enable the upgrading of the existing reticulation to accommodate the sewerage requirements of the new hospital.

It has been confirmed by local authorities that the Umtata sewerage is saturated and cannot take additional load. It has been estimated that the cost of providing capacity to the existing infrastructure is R40 million. Your Department and the Bisho Administration have been approached and are aware of the situation.

I am now appealing to you to personally take up the matter and see that the problem is attended to as a matter of urgency.

The residents of the Umtata region who have been excited at the prospect of a new and modern hospital in this economically depressed region, would consider the rendering of this hospital into a white elephant a snub to former president Mandela who motivated the development.

Yours sincerely

HB Holomisa, MP
President of the United Democratic Movement
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