By Pule Thole, MPL, DA Provincial Spokesperson on Roads and Public Works:
The Democratic Alliance is concerned that the appointment of the new contractor for the completion of the Mental Hospital in Kimberley is not above board.
While responding to DA questions in the Northern Cape Provincial Legislature this week,
Premier Lucas indicated that there appear to be discrepancies in the contract and that the new contractor is concerned about the way they were appointed.
She confirmed that she has an appointment with the contractor to get to the bottom of this issue.
After meeting with the contractor the Premier promised the House that a follow-up meeting will be scheduled with the Department of Roads and Public Works (DRPW), as the implementing agent, and later the Department of Health (DoH).
While the DA welcomes the commitment shown by the Premier as the Head of the Provincial Administration, warning bells are ringing about the completion of this much needed facility.
The 2nd quarterly report of the DRPW indicates that construction is at 72% completion and still behind schedule.
In a reply to a parliamentary question by DoH, handover is set for April next year but the more realistic date for completion is estimated at November 2016.
The DA calls on the provincial government to address the current impasse in order to meet the deadlines set for the full operation of the facility.