by Isak Fritz MPL – DA Spokesperson of Health
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Date: 02 August 2018
The Democratic Alliance in the Northern Cape has requested the MEC of Health, Fufe Makatong, to investigate the complete halt in the construction of the long-awaited community health clinic in Port Nolloth.
For the sake of residents in this rural community, we cannot risk having another white elephant, such as the Kimberley mental health hospital on our hands.
It has come to light that construction on site has stopped completely in the last few weeks. The contractors are waiting for payment from the Independent Development Trust (IDT) who, in turn, are waiting for payment from the department of Health.
As the outstanding payment is a sizeable amount of money, the contractors cannot take the risk to order supplies and continue with the construction out of their own pockets.
We urge the MEC to intervene and to ensure that construction can start again so that the clinic can be completed as soon as possible. The project started in August 2014, with a projected completion date of March 2018. When the department came to present its budget for 2018/19 earlier this year, it reported that the facility was only 65% complete and that it was confident that it would be finished by August 2018.
But delays such as these makes it unlikely that the targeted deadlines will be met, which has far-reaching and devastating consequences for the community. Port Nolloth is in a rural area and to travel to Springbok for medical services is an option that many residents simply cannot afford. The taxis operating in the area charge up to R400 for a single trip.
We trust that the MEC will take our pleas to heart and give this matter the attention it deserves.
Ultimately, it is only the change brought by a DA-led administration which can ensure that all residents have access to services.
Isak Fritz MPL
DA Spokesperson of Health
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