The Eish we face in SA

I thank God that i am never sick and i thank Him again that my daughter is never sick too. I do not remember when was the last time i visited a doctor because i am sick or she is sick, i am forever thankful for this.

Visiting a public clinic yesterday (because of my daughters vaccine) showed me that being ill in South Africa when you can not afford private doctors or private clinics is like hell. First of all you have to wake up before dawn if you want to see yourself in front of the line and come back home in time, the queues are too long. Secondly other public clinics literally open doors at 7:30am, this mean you queue and wait for 7:30am outside the clinic, in the cold, and remember you are sick.


So i woke up at 5:30am yesterday, by 6:30am me and my daughter where in a queue outside the Sammy Marks Municipal Clinic

, can you imagine the cold around that time?. Well at least we were dressed warm, in track pants (with tights underneath), warm jackets, scarfs, hats and gloves. They was already 40 (estimated) people in the queue and we joined. As i scan the people standing in front of me i see some women (about 15 of them) with kids, way young kids – newborn and toddlers in their backs and arms, it just broke my heart thinking what time the women must have got to the clinic.


At 7:45 they opened the doors and started to allow us in, the queue moved slow because one of the staff member had to ask each person what they have come to do and also put the people into two groups – people who have appointments one side and people without appointments one side. We eventually sat down at 8:20am. After everyone finally sat down (others had to stand because benches were full), the same staff member came forward to give an opening speech, which included welcoming us, telling us about who they are as a clinic, advised and recommended that we take the flu vaccine since winter is close, then the Bomb, Boom!  “do you see the people sitting on the other side? (I looked at them, they are about 50 people) those are the people who have appointments with us, the rest of you sitting there (pointing at us) you do not have appointments with us. Please know that we will help each and everyone of the people with appointment first, only then will we come to the rest of you who do not have appointments, it is not my business if you came at 4am and you were first in the queue!, i do not need anyone to come complain that they have been sitting for too long “ – just to clarify people with appointments are people who came to the clinic previously and were given yesterday’s date to return for follow up.


I turned red! I was upset, after waking up so early and standing in the cold outside!. Now i am number 71 (adding the 50 with appointments and the 20 without appointments who are in front of me). It is so unfair, so unfair! i just stood up and told Faith “let’s go my baby, this is going to take the whole day!” i do not even think we were going to be attended because the clinic close at 4pm, we were probably going to be told to come back the next day – after sitting the whole day on those benches. So now imagine if we had gone because i was sick or my daughter was, how was i going to handle all of that? i really felt pain for the people who were really in pain, who woke up early in the morning with the hope to be assisted fast so they can go back home in time.


It is truly sad! It pains me! 

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21 Comments Add yours

    1. bafikile says:

      True… i feel sorry for the people who do not have an option to leave because the public clinic is their only hope 💔.

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  1. Roda says:

    By the way, did you receive the message that I nominated you for the liebster award?

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    1. bafikile says:

      Oh yes… just saw it (as i had not logged in a while and yesterday when i logged i could not read and respond all notification) . Am not sure how do i participate though, do i make a blog to answer the questions on it?. I really appreciate the nomination, thank you so mch❤.

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      1. Roda says:

        You sure can! Just copy and paste mine and change the answers. Then nominate 11 bloggers,with under 200 followers. The directions are all in my entry titled liebster award. ☺️

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      2. bafikile says:

        Thank you so much… will do, will tell you if i stuck. 🌺🌺

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  2. You know that is so awful but I can also tell you it’s I think the same with most anywhere if you don’t have health coverage – it’s awful! Yes, the poor sick people with no appointment especially children and elderly.

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    1. bafikile says:

      Yes truly awful – i then had to take her to a private clinic, it was just for drops (the vaccine ), i had thought i could save by going to this clinic. I really feel sorry for people who do not have another option. My heart brakes for them 💔.

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  3. How sad it is, well told the emotions in your writings.

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    1. bafikile says:

      Sad indeed – Thank you so much for finding time to read and respond… i appreciate it💖

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      1. Pleasure reading your post

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  4. Cherylene says:

    I have nominated you for the Versatile Bloggers Award. Check it out. https://www.livingvsexisting.com/versatile-blogger-award-2/

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    1. bafikile says:

      Oh my… thank you so much, will check it out❤

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      1. Cherylene says:

        You’re welcome! Please do. 🙂

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    2. bafikile says:

      Hey girl, i am having problems opening the link. I even went to your blog to try open it from your Versatile post but no luck. I saw Roda’s Versatile post, do i follow the same steps and questions? Then maybe i can use it as a guideline.

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      1. Cherylene says:

        Awwhh that is weird. I’m sorry to hear that. Yes, you can follow the steps in Roda’s post but here is the link https://www.livingvsexisting.com/versatile-blogger-award-2/

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  5. bafikile says:

    Yes will try do tomorrow, my labtop is been giving me some problems of late😢. I also still need to respond to my Liebster award nomination.

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  6. it’s very sad to read about the situation. But this is almost every where. I pray for all who needs a help… Thank you for sharing

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    1. bafikile says:

      Thank you so much for the prayer. Be blessed!. And thank you for taking your time to read and comment. I can’t wait to catch up on all you’re blogs, May was a lonely month for me without my blog (& the Internet).

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      1. Welcome back and hope things will be fine with you soon. Let me know if I can be of any assistance…

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      2. bafikile says:

        Thank you so much… I appreciate the support.

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