Renovations to the psychiatric ward at the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital have stalled again, while the cost has more than tripled to R34m. Gauteng health MEC Gwen Ramokgopa confirmed a new delay in her response to questions in the provincial legislature by DA MPL Jack Bloom. A new tender for the renovations is due to go out in this month‚ meaning that the work — originally supposed to be completed in 2014 — will be now be completed in early 2018. "This would be the third company to work on this ward‚" Bloom said in a statement on Wednesday. In her reply, Ramokgopa said that a contractor had exceeded the variation order by 20%, resulting in its termination. "The initial contractor‚ Chriselda Building Construction‚ was terminated after it only did phase 1 of the project, which was the doctors’ rooms‚" Bloom said. "The project was re-advertised in August 2015 and a replacement contractor was supposed to complete the job in September [2016] at a cost of about R10m. I h...

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