Almost six years after construction began on the new forensic pathology services building in Johannesburg, the multimillion-rand project next to Helen Joseph Hospital is still unfinished.
This was revealed by Gauteng Health MEC Dr Nomathemba Mokgethi on Tuesday in a written reply to questions tabled by the DA in the provincial legislature, reports News24.
Mokgethi said construction started on 3 November 2016 and the building was due to have been completed on 3 November 2019. However, it was only 71% complete at the time.
The original budget was just more than R588m and, so far, about R333m has been spent. Construction was expected to be completed by January 2023.
The DA’s Gauteng health shadow MEC Jack Bloom said pathologists continued to work at the decrepit Hillbrow mortuary instead of a new building that should have been completed years ago.
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