Treasury blocks bid to build E Cape hospital with housing cash

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Treasury blocks bid to build E Cape hospital with housing cash

Buffalo City told it can’t simply shuffle funds around, but insists provincial health is too squeezed to help

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The Treasury says it has declined a request from Buffalo City and the Eastern Cape government to use R50m of its housing budget to build a 1,000-bed field hospital in the Covid-hit province.

Now it is not clear where the money will be found.

The plan was to set up the hospital in unused warehouse space belonging to tech company Yekani Manufacturing, which is battling to survive a business rescue process. Eastern Cape premier Oscar Mabuyane told Times Select the plan was to build the hospital in the East London Industrial Development Zone (ELIDZ) where there was lots of unused warehouse space...

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