Psy­chi­atric hos­pi­tal open soon

NCOP was im­pressed with the progress made af­ter their visit to the Kim­ber­ley Psy­chi­atric Hos­pi­tal site this week

The New Age (Northern Cape) - - NORTHERN CAPE NEWS - TIISETSO MANOKO ti­iset­som@the­newage.co.za

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 farflung 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.

PIC­TURE: GALLO IMAGES

AL­MOST THERE: Con­struc­tion of the Kim­ber­ley Psy­chi­atric Hos­pi­tal be­gan in 2006 and has since cost tax­pay­ers al­most R2bn.

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