Psychiatric hospital open soon
NCOP was impressed with the progress made after their visit to the Kimberley Psychiatric Hospital site this week
THE new Kimberley Psychiatric Hospital is expected to be functional by the end of November.
This was confirmed during the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) visit to the construction site this week.
Construction began in 2006 and has cost taxpayers almost R2bn.
The deputy chairperson of the council, Raseriti Tau, said they were happy with the work being done on government-funded projects in the province.
Tau said since their last visit, there had been enormous progress made on the development of the hospital and by the end of the year, the hospital should be completed and fully operational.
He said they had been briefed by the provincial government and were confident that all issues raised on a previous visit had been addressed.
“From the point of reception and the kind of work that has been done to the staff who are here, everybody is busy,” Tau said.
“There is an extensive and remarkable change that we have seen on the hospital compared to the past, so we are confident that the hospital will be completed by year-end,” he said.
Tau said there was a great need for all spheres of the government to work together to ensure the needs of the people were met.
He said they were also impressed by the level of confidence the people, who were funded by government on their projects, had in realising that their demands were met.
He said the report on the hospital they had received from the provincial government was similar to the projects they had visited in the Dikgatlong municipality in Barkly West.
“The farming areas we visited show remarkable progress and we are impressed with the work that agriculture is doing in supporting small-scale and emerging farmers.
“We are also impressed by the kind of confidence the farmers have shown and it is indeed heartwarming for us representatives of the government to hear such things from the people on the ground,” he said.
Tau urged the department of finance, economic development and tourism to intensify its efforts in reaching out to people, especially in far-flung areas of the province and to raise awareness on the support grants they were offering in tourism.
Meanwhile, Premier Sylvia Lucas said the provincial government was working around the clock to ensure the issues that were delaying the progress of the government were being addressed.
“I think we, as the Northern Cape provincial government, are taking your recommendations and findings seriously and we know how important it is that we address them.
“All of us have a common objective of changing the lives of the people of the Northern Cape.
“It is the belief of everyone in the provincial government that if we work hard and work together, we can do more and reduce the challenges facing our people,” Lucas said.
ALMOST THERE: Construction of the Kimberley Psychiatric Hospital began in 2006 and has since cost taxpayers almost R2bn.