Gauteng considers re-opening of Kempton Park Hospital

Pretoria - The Gauteng Provincial Government is considering reopening the old Kempton Park Hospital. This follows a visit by Social Development MEC Nandi Mayathula-Khoza to the hospital, which has been left abandoned for the past 17 years.

The province hospital has conducted a feasibility study which provides two options of either demolishing the old structure or rebuilding the hospital from scratch at an estimated cost of R1.36 billion. Another option would be to refurbish the existing structure at an estimated cost of R1.1 billion.

“However, the funds have not yet been secured and the decision to re-establish the old hospital has not yet been made. But if approved, the capacity of the re-established hospital would be a maximum 600 beds,” said the department. The department had submitted its reports to the Department of Health and was now awaiting a response.

The provincial government says it remains committed to the radical transformation and modernisation of the public service, as well as the reindustrialisation of related sectors.

The province is currently accelerating investment in the revitalisation, refurbishment and development of existing and new public health centres. “The current revitalisation programme encompasses six major hospitals and several clinics in the five development corridors of Gauteng,” the Department of Social Development said.