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Zamani gives date for mental hospital

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"Interventions are under way with regards to strengthening the planning, design and implementation capacity of infrastructure projects,”

Picture: Soraya Crowie

PREMIER Zamani Saul, during the debate on the State of the Province address, announced that the Kimberley mental health hospital will be officially opened in September.

Saul stated that everything possible would be done to ensure that in the future the Northern Cape does not experience a repeat of what happened with the psychiatric hospital, where massive cost overruns and delays have already seen the cost of the project balloon to over R1.8 billion.

“We are certainly not proud of the massive overruns and delays in the mental health hospital project. Interventions are under way with regards to strengthening the planning, design and implementation capacity of infrastructure projects,” said Saul.

He dismissed allegations made by DA provincial leader Andrew Louw that the deputy Speaker at the Northern Cape Provincial Legislature, Mangaliso Matika, was “meddling in the affairs of Sol Plaatje Municipality and blocking council from dealing with the Section 106 investigation report”.

Saul indicated that the MEC for Co-operative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs had tabled the Section 106 report to the Sol Plaatje council.

“The report was, however, taken on review by the municipal manager and chief financial officer, who are implicated in it. The matter is therefore in the hands of the courts. Neither the premier nor council can do anything about the report until competent courts have expressed themselves on the matter of review.”

Saul added that a massive clean-up campaign would commence in Kimberley on September 21 and be rolled out to all provincial districts.