VEREENIGING - A new building project for Kopanong Hospital in Vereeniging, aimed at doubling the capacity of patients, has suffered a major setback. According to the Sunday World, contractors paid to do the job have abandoned the project. The project, which started in 2020, would have seen the construction of six brand-new ICU wards capable of accommodating 156 patients and four high-care wards that would have housed 144 patients. DA’s spokesperson of health in Gauteng, Jack Bloom, said the building was a sore eyesight. Bloom also alleged that about R200-million was spent on new wards using alternative building technology that was supposed to be completed 18 months ago when the Covid-19 pandemic was at its worst.