Observatory Forensic Pathology Institute (OFPI) – project progress and delays | Western Cape Government



Observatory Forensic Pathology Institute (OFPI) – project progress and delays

23 February 2021

The Western Cape Government Health’s purpose-built, OFPI’s completion progress is currently at 91.6 % and the current predicted date of occupation is mid-2021, should all go according to plan. The R287 million facility, which is being commissioned by the Department of Transport and Public Works, is located on the corner of Main Road and Groote Schuur Drive, Observatory, at the entrance of Groote Schuur Hospital. Once completed, it will offer modern, purpose-built level four forensic pathology services that will replace the existing Forensic Pathology facility in Salt River. The specialised design and construction is of a highly complex nature and takes into consideration processes aimed at extracting, analysing and preserving the integrity of evidence for use within the Criminal Justice System.

The OFPI building project entails intrinsic, labour-intensive methods that provides a number of short-term work opportunities and skills training for local citizens. To date, a total of R21 million was reserved and assigned to targeted enterprises, R15 million to suppliers and manufacturers, and R3 million to local labour.

To date, there have been several delays as a result of specifications of various infrastructure details. Recent delays due to lost time during the nationwide lockdown and COVID-19 protocols, permanent water connections, delayed commissioning services, direct contractor delays and additional scope has extended the project completion date.

Media Enquiries: 

Deanna Bessick
Communications Officer
Emergency Medical Services & Forensic Pathology Services
Cell: 073 620 4694