On June 23, Parliament was informed that the Gauteng provincial department of infrastructure development took over five weeks to appoint contractors after the Charlotte Maxeke hospital fire, despite the knowledge that Gauteng would soon face a third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. – Business Day (24 June 202).

The department, which is responsible for the maintenance and care of Charlotte Maxeke hospital, is emerging as a central reason why the 1 000-bed facility remains closed. Apart from the delay

in securing contractors, the department did not have plans of the hospital in its possession

Johannesburg spokesperson Mlimandlela Ndamase said that it is not the city that is delaying the

hospital reopening but the fact that the necessary work had not been done by the provincial government.

He said the allegation that the delays are as a result of bureaucratic red tape on the side of the City of Johannesburg.

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