Provinces Underspend R800m on Hospital Infrastructure


Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said on Thursday that of the governments R4bn hospital revitalisation grant, about R800m had gone unspent in five provinces.

The provinces affected were:

  • Eastern Cape – Spent R169m of allocated R361m
  • Free State – Spent R244m of allocated R378m
  • KwaZulu-Natal – Spent R273m of allocated R501m
  • Limpopo – Spent R234m of allocated R323m
  • Northern Cape – Spent R262m of allocated R420m

Motsoaledi said that this under-spending in these provinces were due to projects being delayed for various reasons such as poor quality work by contractors and land allocation problems. He added that steps were being taken to correct the situation.

Democratic Alliance health spokesperson, Patricia Kopane, said that this under spending was jeopardising the health care in these regions and, in some cases, having life-threatening consequences for patients.

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