“Our Own” Blessed Benedict Daswa
On her comment on the Social Media one of the SACBAC Staff declares Khanya House as a Family of Prayer. Indeed there has been a lot happening inside the walls of Khanya House. The challenges we come across every day have made us to be a united loving family. It is our prayer that this spirit should continue so that we become the true witnesses of the Good News to all we meet in our different commitments. May God Bless Khanya House and the whole staff. Truly you will know them by their love and unity. Blessed Benedict Daswa! Pray for us to remain a family of Love.
One may ask why there is such a big emphasis on the importance of Communication in spreading the Good News in the world of Today? It takes one’s courage to break the walls of fear, immerse himself into the different pools of communication in the world of digital technology, so as to understand the unavoidable reality of the power of the impact of Communication in all spheres of the changing world. Read the rest of Come and Share Experiences: SACBC Communication Workshop is Meant for You… »
Protecting their lives is more important than achieving budget efficiency and optimal profits – SACBC Justice and Peace Commission
We find it morally unacceptable that 36 psychiatric patients died within months of being moved from the Life Healthcare Esidimeni Centre to local NGOs and other facilities, without any intervention by Gauteng Health Department.
The families and the whole country need answers. We send our heartfelt condolences to all affected families.
While awaiting the results of the investigation by the health department, we wish to register our deep concern that Gauteng health department did not heed to warnings from the civil society and the families that the cancelling the contract with Esidimeni Centre and the transfer of patients should not be rushed.
We have noted that the health department terminated its agreement with Life Esidimeni because it was costing R11,343 per patient per month – adding up to almost R324-million a year. Such exorbitant cost of mental health services at Life Esidimeni should remind us of the deep crisis that we face as a country with respect to the cost of health care. We therefore continue to ask the health department to put adequate measures to ensure sustainable levels of control to health care costs. We reiterate our position that a health system that puts profit before people, and without adequate measures for cost control, is both unsustainable for the country and a death sentence to the poor.
We also warn the health department not to use its current policy on deinstitutionalisation of mental health care, as outlined in the Mental Health Act and in the Mental Health Policy Framework and Strategic Action Plan 2013- 2020, as a pretext to shirk on its constitutional responsibilities to provide adequate care to the mentally ill.
As a society, we should never forget that the lives of the mentally ill are precious before God. The lives of the mentally ill should therefore be considered to be more important than the dictates of fiscal efficiency and profit making.
For further information, kindly contact:
Bishop Abel Gabuza
Tel. 053 831 1861 or 053 831 1862.