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Charlotte Maxeke Hospital refurbishment bill could balloon

THE COST to refurbish the burnt-down blocks at Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital could balloon.

This follows the allocation of R68million from the Solidarity Fund, but that alone, will not be enough.

The Johannesburg Hospital was engulfed by fire in April 17 2021.

It has been confirmed the national Health department will be taking over the repairs of the hospital.

Acting Director-General Thabo Masebe said: “I really want to appeal for your patience to allow Mr (Ayanda) Dakela to conduct that assessment with the implementing agency that has been appointed.”

Masebe said that they were confident that the timelines provided by the national Health Department would be met.

The deadline for the work to be completed is by the end of 2023.

Masebe has also explained that they were all concerned about the impact of the delays of the repairs on clinicians and patients alike.

Premier of Gauteng David Makhura said: “The transfer of functions made it possible for the national Department of Health, at the request of the Gauteng Department of Health to appoint the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) as the implementing agent for the remedial work at the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital.”

As things stand the hospital will need more funding to complete the repair.

Image (The burnt-down blocks at the Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital to be repaired).

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