Another major institution has been engulfed by fire in the North West.
The provincial Department of Health confirmed that a fire broke out at Christiana Hospital near Bloemhof on Wednesday morning.
News that the health facility was on fire came shortly after guests and staff had to be evacuated from Mmabatho Palms Hotel in Mahikeng because of a fire that started in the wee hours of the morning.
Authorities said patients in Christiana Hospital were moved to other nearby hospitals as the entire facility was affected.
North West Health department spokesperson, Tebogo Lekgethwane, said there were no reported injuries or deaths at Christiana Hospital.
“There is indeed fire that erupted at Christiana Hospital in the Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati District. At the moment we do not know what might have caused the fire, the value of the damage and which parts of the hospital are damaged,” Lekgetwhane said.
North West Premier, Bushy Maape, said both incidents were a misfortune for the province.
“We as the North West government are very saddened by this misfortune. This property is a prime property in the North West. We are consoled by the fact that no one lost their lives because of the fires, and no one was seriously injured. Misfortunes do happen. At the moment we are awaiting a report from Health MEC, Madoda Sambatha, who has rushed to Christiana to establish the facts,” Maape said.
The premier appealed to journalists to allow police to investigate the incidents to establish the facts.
“We really want to exercise restraint and we request the media to also do the same by waiting for full investigations to be completed. So that we all get accurate information to communicate effectively. Unfortunately we have to give the investigations time. I know you may be impatient and want to get facts, but please let us exercise some patience so that we can get the full details," Maape said.
He added that government would be working with the police "to attend to some of the issues that will require immediate attention" in order to help Mmabatho Palms to reopen parts that can be functional again.
"We don’t know what the report will say, but we will be happy if the property can be restored to its full operation. We will be happy if workers are not going to lose their jobs,” said the premier.
MEC Sambatha visited Christiana Hospital on Wednesday to assess the damage caused by the fire.