Red Zones in the Cape Metro include Browns Farm Philippi, Tafelsig, Manenberg, Hanover Park and Site C Khayelitsha. Other areas described as Red Zones are Beacon Valley, Hayden Park, Nyanga, Gugulethu and New Crossroads.
These are all areas where EMS paramedics cannot enter without a police escort and this has led to a fall in response performance times to incidents in those areas, because as a result of various operational reasons, there is not always a SAPS complement available.
In the 2014/2015 financial year, there were 145 calls to Red Zone areas and 6% of the time the crews managed to respond and service incidents in less than 15 minutes. By the end of the 2018/2019 financial year in March, the crews were receiving 207 calls and only servicing 18 %of them on time.
Dr Shaheem de Vries, director of EMS at the Western Cape Department of Health, made a presentation to the standing committee on health in which he outlined the steps EMS crews had to take before accessing Red Zones.