Eden District Health Council News



From the left back: Mr. Hyrin Ruiters (Kannaland Municipality councilor), Mr. Jonathan Jantjies (community worker), Dr. Joan Prins (Hessequa Municipality councilor), Mr. Flip du Plessis(Mossel Bay Municipality councilor), Ms. Ansie Viljoen (nursing specialist). Front Left: Dr. Renette Crous (Manager Eden District & Central Karoo), Mr. Theuns Botha ( Western Cape Health Minister), Ms. Annelise Olivier (Eden District councilor and chair of the council), Ms. Jacoba Muller (George Municipality Councilor).


Western Cape Health Minister Theuns Botha introduced the Eden District Health Council today at their inaugural meeting in George. 

The members are:

?     Ms Annelise Olivier, Eden District councilor who will also chair the council

?     Ms Jacoba Muller,GeorgeMunicipalitycouncilor

?     Dr Joan Prins,HessequaMunicipalitycouncilor

?     Mr Hyrin Ruiters,KannalandMunicipalitycouncilor

?     Mr Flip du Plessis,MosselBayMunicipalitycouncilor

?     Mr John Goliath,OudtshoornMunicipalitycouncilor

?     Dr Renette Crous, Department of Health Eden manager

?     Ms Ansie Viljoen, a nursing specialist

?     Mr Jonathan Jantjies, a community worker

Minister Botha invited and encouraged the people ofEdento make use of this structure to communicate their health needs. “Approach these members to address your health service needs. In this way we will be able to improve health services together.”


In the following two months Western Cape Health Minister Theuns Botha will attend the first meetings of the six District Health Councils across the province, and introduce the members to their local communities.  These councils will represent their respective districts and ensure the coordination of all health services with their respective municipalities.

The appointment of the district health councils is in accordance with the National Health Act 61 of 2003 which stipulates the establishment of District Health Councils. TheWestern Cape’s District Health Councils Act 2010 came into effect on 24 August 2011.  All six councils were established at the end of last year. 

The district health councils will feed their inputs to the provincial health council, which will be composed of the chairpersons of the 6 district health councils, and chaired by the provincial minister.

The dates for the introduction of District Health Councils are as follows:

?     Cape Winelands District Health Council: Monday, 5 March at 12:00 inWorcester

?     Eden District Health Council: Monday, 12 March at 11:00 in George

?     Overberg District Health Council: Monday, 19 March at 11:00 inCaledon

?     West Coast District Health Council: Friday, 23 March at 10:00 in Moorreesburg

?     Metro District Health Council: Friday, 13 April at 9:00 inCape Town

?     Central Karoo District Health Council: Monday, 23 April at 11:00 in Beaufort-West

A district health council consists of:

?     A person appointed by the provincial minister to represent him

?     A member of the relevant district council, who will also be the chair

?     A member of the council of each local municipality, nominated by the members of the relevant council

?     Not more than five other persons, appointed by the provincial minister, after consultation with the district council

The first priority for these councils will be the draft of a district health plan, according to the specific needs of their communities.

Minister Botha says citizens will now be able to take up health matters through their district health councils.  “These members will address health issues through the appropriate structures on your behalf.  This is why we are introducing these members to communities, so that they know who they can approach on issues relating to health service delivery in their area.

“By the same token these members will also be responsible for the distribution of appropriate and comprehensive information on health services in their region.  If people really use these district health councils to address their health service needs, we can deliver a better service together.”

Issued by the Western Cape Minister of Health, Theuns Botha

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