119 health projects on the cards for Gauteng

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Nandi Mayathula-Khoza july 29 INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPERS The Gauteng infrastructure development department will implement 119 health projects worth R466.7 million this year, MEC Nandi Mayathula-Khoza announced. File picture: Antoine de Ras

Johannesburg - The Gauteng infrastructure development department will implement 119 health projects worth R466.7 million this year, MEC Nandi Mayathula-Khoza announced on Tuesday.

The projects included the construction of the new Randgate Clinic, the Lillian Ngoyi District Hospital, the Daveyton Forensic Pathology Mortuary, the Boikutsong Community Day Care Clinic, and the Bonalesedi Nursing College, she told reporters in Johannesburg.

The department, which is responsible for the maintenance of health facilities, said R1.12 billion had been allocated for maintenance in the 2014/15 financial year.

The department would carry out other projects worth R242m in the departments of social development, agriculture, and rural development.

Mayathula-Khoza said her department's goal was to create sustainable infrastructure, accelerate service delivery, create jobs, and make optimal use of state assets.

Her department's funds had increased from R1.6bn in the 2013/14 financial year to R2bn in the 2014/15 financial year.

“Over and above the R2bn allocated... the department is managing projects... valued at R3bn,” she said.

Mayathula-Khoza said she planned to fill 250 posts in the infrastructure delivery management system, that would lessen its dependence on consultants.

The MEC was looking into property management, and developing strategies to increase revenue from government buildings.

“To this effect, the department is exploring the usage of government infrastructure for advertising purposes. A further strategy is being developed to look at optimising revenue through other facilities, for instance, communication masts, towers, and dishes.” - Sapa



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