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Gauteng govt to spend R500m on refurbishing hospital donated by AngloGold

The hospital on the West Rand was donated to the provincial government by the mine on a 20-year free lease.

FILE: The West Rand on Wednesday was declared a COVID-19 hotspot following the spread of the virus in a number of mines. Picture: 123rf.

JOHANNESBURG - The Gauteng provincial government has set aside R500 million for the refurbishment of an AngloGold Ashanti hospital in Merafong.

The hospital on the West Rand was donated to the provincial government by the mine on a 20-year free lease.

The West Rand on Wednesday was declared a COVID-19 hotspot following the spread of the virus in a number of mines.

Gauteng Infrastructure MEC Tasneem Motara said the hospital was donated by AngloGold Ashanti on condition that they renovated and repurposed the hospital.

“At the end of the project, we would have invested R500 million but that will include all the medical equipment and everything that goes with it. We are renovating and repurposing the entire hospital to make it fit for a 175 ICU and high care beds,” she said.

Motara said the hospital would be available for both miners and the local community, and should be ready for use by next month.

For official information about COVID-19 from the Department of Health, please click here.