New King Edward VIII Hospital CEO announced; vows to have an inclusive leadership style (MEC Dhlomo gives progress report on repairs to hospital battered by storm)

29 January 2019

KZN Health MEC Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo has congratulated the 41 year-old incoming CEO of King Edward VIII Hospital. Umlazi-born Dr Thami Mayise takes over the reins at the 83 year-old hospital on Thursday, 01 February 2019, following the recent retirement of Dr Mandla Mazizi.

Dr Mayise is one of the youngest hospital CEOs in the province, and has previously been at the helm of hospitals such as Prince Mshiyeni Memorial, RK Khan, Newcastle Regional, and Niemeyer Memorial. He has also worked at the Department’s head office, under the Strategic Health Programmes cluster that incorporates the management of HIV and AIDS, Sexually-Transmitted Infections and Tuberculosis.

Dr Mayise says he feels “honoured and priviledged” to be given a chance to take charge of the hospital, and has vowed to work inclusively, and in partnership with various relevant stakeholders.

“I’d like to thank the MEC and the Department for entrusting me with this task, and also to thank them for the work that’s been done to repair the damage caused by the storm and to improve the infrastructure of King Edward “I’d also like to thank the management team that has been here at King Edward; and the staff and patients, who’ve had to bear with the challenges of infrastructure. We will continue working to improve the systems. I promise to work with everyone in our quest to provide healthcare to our fellow compatriots.”

In welcoming Dr Mayise, MEC Dhlomo conveyed his thanks to the provincial Government for its support during the process of recruiting the new CEO. “We thank our provincial leadership and the cabinet for giving us this younger leader who’s going to lead this hospital. It’s our wish and hope that he’s going to take this hospital to greater heights, being one of our central hospitals in the province.”

The hospital is currently undergoing multimillion-rand worth of repairs to certain critical sections which were damaged by a severe storm in October 2017. Some are nearing completion, while work continues in earnest on others.

MEC Dhlomo says: “There are many challenges with King Edward, but if you take leader like Dr Mayise, you’re very confident that he’s going to be able to meet the challenges. We’re also not going to disappear. We’ll help navigate through these challenges with him. “After the storms in 2017, which saw some of the roofs blown off, there’s been a significant improvement in the reconstruction of the hospital. We are at almost 98% with the completion of S block. We still have the remaining theatres in S-Block, and the high care and ICU still to be repaired. There’s been progress in the maternity O-ward; and O-1 ward. I’m informed that by the end of February, almost all those will have been completed. If there isn’t any completion, it will be just one or two areas. “We really want to thank our staff members who have been patient with us under those difficult conditions.

“Another important question to ask is how long we’re going to be patching up and repairing King Edward? We’re going to be doing that until a decision has been made of a new King Edward, and a new medical school. Those will be built together, in Cato Manor. The decision about a new King Edward hospital will be made by the Minister of Health, while the decision about a new medical school will made by the minister of Higher Education. Because of pressures in government, they prioritized other areas that were equally in need, among them Northern Cape, and Mpumalanga. We’re informed that when the economy improves, we’re going to be the next province to be revisited in terms of these infrastructure projects.”

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