Limpopo Health MEC Dr Phophi Ramathuba on Wednesday launched Operation Bula Mahlo, a month-long initiative aimed at clearing the cataract backlog at Mankweng Hospital in the Capricorn District.

The project has already brought specialized ophthalmic services to rural hospitals from 08 to 28 March 2024. It is also supported by the Sishen Iron Ore Company-Community Development Trust (SIOC-CDT).

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“We are thrilled to launch this cataract operations marathon,” said Dr Ramathuba.

“It will help us address the backlog of cataract surgeries, and improve access to care. Make a meaningful difference in the lives of our patients because we believe that all South African citizens have the right to see as long as the condition causing blindness can be cured,” she said.

Limpopo MEC for Health Dr Phophi Ramathuba launches Operation Bula Mahlo
Operation Bula Mahlo

“We are also grateful to our partners, SIOC-CDT, for coming on board during this important Operation Bula Mahlo marathon.”


08-17 March 2024: Mankweng Hospital [Polokwane Municipality- Capricorn District]
11-16 March 2024: Thabazimbi Hospital [Thabazimbi Local Municipality- Waterberg District
18-24 March 2024: Elim Hospital [Makhado Local Municipality-Vhembe District]
25-28 March 2024: Jane Furse Hospital [Makhuduthamaga Local Municipality-Sekhukhune District]

Operation “Bula Mahlo”, “Pfula matihlo”, and Vula Mato also coincide with our Human Rights Month commemoration.