Old Fort Grey TB hospital carried away brick by brick

The Fort Grey TB hospital in East London has been carried away brick by brick.  For pictures click here, here, here and here

The former Fort Grey hospital has been reduced to a useless pile of rubble with every building gutted of window, doors, roof trusses and roofs.

The former Fort Grey hospital has been reduced to a useless pile of rubble with every building gutted of window, doors, roof trusses and roofs.

 

The interior of the Fort Grey TB hospital before it was vacated.

A trench was dug out, probably to get to the facility’s cabling.

In the 16 months since the Fort Grey TB Hospital in East London was closed in March 2016,  this building has been reduced to a heap of rubble.

The DA is horrified to witness this despicable act of vandalism,  the horrific waste of resources and infrastructure and the loss of a facility capable of housing 162 beds that could have been re-purposed.

In a forward thinking, well-run province, the challenges in society should be addressed proactively and with long-term planning that leaves a legacy for generations to come.  This includes the maintenance of infrastructure to ensure delivery of services.

I have submitted legislature questions to the MEC for Health, Dr Phumza Dyantyi, to clarify why this important resource was allowed to fall into such a state of disrepair:

  1. Which official from which Department signed the rental agreement for the old Fort Grey Hospital?
  2. What were the terms of the lease?
  3. How long was the official lease? Please provide a full copy of the lease agreement.
  4. Who owned the buildings of the Fort Grey TB Hospital at the time of its closure?
  5. Please name the body or individuals responsible for security on the premises of the Fort Grey Hospital after the conclusion of its final lease agreement.

In a province where every cent is needed, we must ensure that our state resources are used in a sustainable manner. — Celeste Barker MPL, Shadow MEC for Health and Buffalo City Metro Councillor Sue Bentley