Orchards Clinic construction halted due to structural problems

The Orchards Clinic, which apparently has structural problems.

The construction of the Orchards Clinic has been halted due to apparent structural problems.

A completion date of the clinic will be announced following a full investigation.

The clinic is a R40-million state-of-the-art health centre which forms part of the City’s Corridors of Freedom project, with the intent of providing improved health care services to residents in Orange Grove and surrounding areas.

The clinic, located along Louis Botha Avenue, has been under construction since 2015. A community member, who wished to remain anonymous, told the North Eastern Tribune that the problems lay in the foundation of the structure, which was collapsing.

Also read: Clinic cries for increased use

Spokesperson for the Johannesburg Development Agency Susan Monyai said, “Yes this is true, we have discovered that there may be design oversight issues relating to key support structural elements of the building. We are currently investigating the extent of these issues and we are hoping to conclude the investigation by the end of the month.”

Monyai added that in line with the Construction Regulation they had taken a decision to halt construction to ensure the safety of the workers and everyone else who may have access to the site. “The project was planned for completion in March 2017 but this will no longer be possible and a revised completion date can only be determined after the investigation.”

The agency’s investigation is expected to conclude by the end of March.

Details: www.jda.org.za

Also read: Re-opening of clinic up in smoke.

By Andrei van Wyk

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