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04 May 2022

Rustenburg – Job Shimankana Tabane (JST) hospital’s mental health unit caught fire at around 18:20 on Wednesday 20 April.


According to a statement by the North West Department of Health, an individual noticed that there was a fire coming from one of the rooms in the adolescent wing and reported the matter.

The police, Rustenburg Fire Department and emergency medical rescue services were summoned for assistance.


The fire was contained and was brought under control within an hour.


All 23 patients and 11 staff members in the unit were evacuated but three of the staff members were sent to the casualty department shortly after the incident and eight more received treatment the day after – all for smoke inhalation.


Once all the families of the patients were informed about the incident, the patients were transferred to Bophelong Psychiatric Hospital and Witrand Psychiatric Hospital hospital and two were discharged.


Health MEC Madoda Sambatha paid a visit to the hospital on 21 April to assess the situation. “We are grateful that the fire could be contained and that all the patients and staff are accounted for and safe and that the building is still intact,” he said. 


The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Staff and patients at the JST mental health unit had to be evacuated after a fire broke out in one of the rooms.

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