Western Cape Department of Health

The Western Cape Department of Health is a department of the Government of the Western Cape, responsible for providing public healthcare to the population of the Western Cape province of South Africa.

Western Cape Department of Health
Department overview
JurisdictionGovernment of the Western Cape
HeadquartersProvincial Administration Building, 4 Dorp Street, Cape Town
33°55′27″S 18°25′05″E
Annual budgetR11,962,863,000
Minister responsible
Department executive
  • Dr EH ENGELBRECHT, Superintendent-General of Health

The political head of the department is the Provincial Minister of Health; as of 2015 this is Nomafrench Mbombo of the Democratic Alliance.[1] The administrative head is the Superintendent-General of Health; as of 2010 this was Professor Craig Househam.[2] In the 2010/11 financial year, the department had 27,993 employees and a budget of R11,962,863,000.[3]


In the Western Cape there are 428 public primary care facilities (clinics and community health centres), some operated by the Department of Health, while others are operated by the City of Cape Town and funded by transfer payments from the department.[4]

Public secondary care services are provided by 32 district hospitals, six regional hospitals, and three central hospitals (which also provide tertiary care; see below).[4]

Three central hospitals in Cape Town provide tertiary care; these are Groote Schuur Hospital, Tygerberg Hospital, and Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital. They take specialist referrals from other hospitals across the province, and in many cases from other provinces or even other African countries.

The department also runs various specialised facilities, including six tuberculosis hospitals, four psychiatric hospitals, and a rehabilitation centre.

See also


  1. Makinana, Andisiwe (31 December 2014). "Zille cracks whip in Cabinet reshuffle". City Press. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  2. "Prof. Keith Craig Househam". Western Cape Government. Retrieved 29 August 2010.
  3. "Vote 6: Department of Health". Budget 2010: Estimates of Provincial Expenditure (PDF). Cape Town: Western Cape Provincial Treasury. 2 March 2010. ISBN 978-0-621-39119-0. Retrieved 29 August 2010.
  4. Annual Report 2008/9 (PDF). Cape Town: Western Cape Department of Health. 28 August 2009. p. 14. Retrieved 29 August 2010.
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