Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital

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Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital
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Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital
LocationParktown, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
ClosedAugust 2021[1]
ListsHospitals in South Africa

The Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital is an accredited general hospital in Parktown, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa.

Size and capability[edit]

The main structure was opened in 1979.

The facility has 1,088 usable beds. The hospital's professional and support staff exceeds 4,000 people.


It is also the main teaching hospital for the University of the Witwatersrand, faculty of Health Sciences. The institution provides the service base for undergraduate and post-graduate training in all areas of health professions.

The joint staff produces world-class research and collaborates with several universities on the continent and abroad. The hospital offers a full range of tertiary, secondary and highly specialized services.

The costs of providing these services to the population of Gauteng Province, in addition to the neighbouring provinces, are funded by a National Tertiary Services Grant, as well as Provincial allocation.

The hospital also serves as a referral hospital for a number of hospitals in its referral chain.[2]


The facility was built by Concor on the site of Hohenheim, the first Parktown mansion, the home of Sir Lionel and Lady Florence Phillips.


In 2012 the Sunday Times of South Africa reported on a critical shortage of equipment and manpower that compromised medical care.[3] In 2022 the hospital was over R200 million in arrears with its bills for municipal services.[4]

2021 fire[edit]

The hospital's parking structure caught on fire on the morning of 17 April 2021. The fire started in a storeroom for dry surgical supplies, according to officials. Flames were thought to have been extinguished but reignited later that same day, collapsing the third level of the parking garage. This necessitated the evacuation and closure of the hospital for seven days.[5] The fire destroyed an estimated R40 million worth of medical stock and personal protective equipment.[6]

The following month, it was revealed that although the hospital did not comply with fire safety standards, it had passed a fitness audit earlier in the year. Johannesburg's Emergency Management Services claimed that the firefighting equipment inside the hospital had no water[7] although the Gauteng health department claimed that the provincial Department of Infrastructure had audited the building in late 2020.[8] Smoke doors, used to prevent the spread of smoke in a building in the event of a fire, had been recommissioned because their magnets had stopped working; fire hydrant couplings had been stolen and so were not compatible with the fire hoses on fire engines; fire suppression systems were not working; and fire exits had been locked due to security concerns.[9] It was later discovered that the hospital had not been evaluated for fire safety since 2017, four years prior to the fire.[10]

While the building underwent assessments and awaited compliance certificates in May,[11] R30 million worth of copper piping that made up its water systems was stolen, and televisions in the paediatric oncology unit were also taken.[12]

The oncology unit was the first to reopen on 28 June 2021.[13]

Clinical departments[edit]

  • Nursing
  • Department Medicine
    • Cardiology
    • Neurology
    • Pulmonology
    • Haemotology and Oncology
    • Dermatology
    • Gastro
    • Geriatrics
    • Family Health
    • Nephrology
    • Hepatology
    • Endocrinology
  • Department of Surgery
    • Otorhinolaryngology
    • Paediatric surgery
    • Urology
    • Trauma Unit
    • Plastic and Reconstructive surgery
    • Cardiothoracic surgery
    • Maxillo-facial and Oral surgery
    • Neurosurgery
  • Department of Nuclear Medicine
  • Department of Orthopaedics
  • Department of Ophthalmology
  • Department of Anaesthesia
  • Department of Radiation Therapy
  • Department of Paediatrics and Child Health
  • Department of Radiology – Diagnostics
  • Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health

Allied medical departments[edit]

  • Dietary Services
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Pharmacy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Speech Therapy & Audiology
  • Social Work
  • Clinical Technology

Coat of arms[edit]

The hospital registered a coat of arms at the Bureau of Heraldry in 1980 : Azure, on a Latin cross nowy, the arms potent and the foot throughout, Argent, a pomme charged with a gold stamp Or, between on the arms three potents and on the foot a rod of Aesculapius, Vert, the rod entwined of a serpent Or.[14]


  1. ^ Mahlakoana, Thetho (12 August 2021). "Bunkers, tunnels & other finds: Why Charlotte Maxeke Hospital is still closed". Eyewitness News.
  2. ^ Official website Archived September 22, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Katherine Child, Chandre Prince (14 August 2012). "Doctors warn that Johannesburg hospital is terminally SICK!". The Sunday Times (South Africa). Retrieved 16 June 2014.
  4. ^ staff writer (13 February 2022). "Pay up or else — Johannesburg warning after Pretoria power cuts". MyBroadBand. Retrieved 21 February 2022.
  5. ^ "Nearly 700 Patients Evacuated in Johannesburg Hospital Fire | Voice of America - English". Retrieved 2021-07-25.
  6. ^ "Structural repairs needed at Charlotte Maxeke Hospital after fire". TimesLIVE. Retrieved 2021-07-25.
  7. ^ "Nehawu says Charlotte Maxeke fire could have been avoided". SABC News - Breaking news, special reports, world, business, sport coverage of all South African current events. Africa's news leader. 2021-04-20. Retrieved 2021-07-25.
  8. ^ Nicolson, Greg (2021-04-20). "CHARLOTTE MAXEKE BLAZE: A litany of alleged failures leaves Johannesburg's crucial hospital shuttered". Daily Maverick. Retrieved 2021-07-25.
  9. ^ Spotlight, Ufrieda Ho for (2021-05-13). "SPOTLIGHT: 'Lies and cover-ups': What the Charlotte Maxeke fire tells us about health and safety at Gauteng hospitals". Daily Maverick. Retrieved 2021-07-25.
  10. ^ "Inside Charlotte Maxeke Hospital's glaring fire safety plan failures". The Citizen. 2021-07-19. Retrieved 2021-07-25.
  11. ^ "Charlotte Maxeke hospital still closed, lacks compliance certificate". The Citizen. 2021-05-10. Retrieved 2021-07-25.
  12. ^ "The looting of Charlotte Maxeke hospital". BusinessLIVE. Retrieved 2021-07-25.
  13. ^ Monama, Tebogo. "Charlotte Maxeke Hospital reopens oncology unit after fire damage". News24. Retrieved 2021-07-25.
  14. ^[permanent dead link]

Coordinates: 26°10′36.42″S 28°02′33.34″E / 26.1767833°S 28.0425944°E / -26.1767833; 28.0425944