A special investigation into aeromedical services in South Africa. By Marcus Low and Ntsiki Mpulo for SPOTLIGHT.
Aircraft have been used effectively to provide emergency medical services and to transport medical specialists and other supports services to deep rural and under-served areas in South Africa since 1960. However, an investigation has revealed that the provision of such aeromedical services has become mired in questionable tenders. Now, a relatively unknown Free State emergency medical services company, new to aeromedical services is rapidly winning government contracts in the so-called Premier League provinces and two others.