The Gauteng Department of Infrastructure Development (DID) has been allocated R4.9 billion to implement capital and maintenance projects –of which R1.121 billion has been allocated to the maintenance of health facilities across the province.

While delivering her budget vote, MEC Nandi Mayathula-Khoza said DID will implement 119 projects on behalf of the Department of Health (DoH) in this financial year. “These projects have a total allocation of R466.7 million. DID will also commence with the construction of various projects, including the new Daveyton Forensic Pathology Mortuary, Charlotte Maxeke Hospital, revitalisation of staff residences including Natalspruit staff residence, new Lillian Ngoyi District Hospital, Boikutsong Community Day Care Clinic and Bonalesedi Nursing College,” said MEC Mayathula-Khoza. “We will also complete the construction of the new Randgate Clinic,” MEC Mayathula-Khoza added.

MEC Mayathula-Khoza said that DID voted funds have increased from R1.6 billion in the 2013/14 financial year to R2 billion in the 2014/15 financial year. “This represents an 8% increase on the appropriated funds. Over and above the R2 billion allocated for the 2014/15 financial year, DID is managing projects of the client department valued at about R3 billion,” said MEC Mayathula-Khoza.

MEC Mayathula-Khoza said the Provincial Treasury has allocated R600 million to DID to fully implement the Infrastructure Delivery Management System (IDMS), which was developed by the department in the previous financial year. “In this financial year, R150 million was allocated for IDMS. The IDMS is our business model that will provide a standardised framework to ensure infrastructure delivery,” said MEC Mayathula-Khoza.

MEC Mayathula-Khoza outlined six strategic themes for the medium term and aligned them with the 10 strategic pillars that Premier David Makhura announced in his State of The Province Address. The themes comprise sustainable infrastructure, accelerate service delivery, organisational development for building state capacity, optimise state assets for economic development and supporting entrepreneurs, empowering communities through job creation in partnership with the public and private sector and integrated planning.

“We accept the challenge that going forward it cannot be business as usual, we need radical interventions to drive the transformation agenda,” said MEC Mayathula-Khoza.

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