Marizka Coetzer
3 minute read
19 Jan 2021
4:30 am

Hospital revamp raises questions

Marizka Coetzer

Delay apparently due to dispute between contractors and subcontractors.

The unfinished building at the Bronkhorstspruit Hospital, 18 January 2021. Picture: Neil McCartney

Heaps of sand, pipes, scaffolding and barbed wire are the only hint you get something is being built behind the Bronkhorstspruit hospital. The R12 million upgrade to the hospital is a construction site with unpainted walls, building rubble and no hospital beds. Not a soul is seen in sight besides the security guard at the gate. Tshwane Democratic Alliance (DA) councillor Bronwynn Engelbrecht said the extra beds should have been completed by 15 December but that was delayed when subcontractors downed their tools and demanded more money to finish the job. BMW South Africa spokesperson Diederik Reitsma said the upgrade...