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Western Cape provincial laboratory to undergo R23 million renovation

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“Once the renovations are completed, the Western Cape Provincial Veterinary Laboratory will provide an enhanced service to our clients,” said Western Cape minister of agriculture, Dr Ivan Meyer, during the recent handover of the building site to the contractor.

Dr Meyer said, “The Western Cape Provincial Veterinary Laboratory provides a veterinary diagnostic and veterinary public health testing service. Our clients are located in all provinces. Nearly 60% of the samples received for testing originate from outside the Western Cape province. Testing activities focus on disease diagnosis, surveillance and monitoring.

“Our main scope is testing for controlled and notifiable animal diseases as listed in the Animal Diseases Act, 1984 (Act No. 35 of 1984). The national requirement for all laboratory testing for controlled and notifiable animal diseases is that the laboratory is ISO 17025 accredited.”

Read more about agriculture’s role in food security in the Western Cape here.

According to Francois Dreyer, technical manager for veterinary diagnostic services, bovine brucellosis testing makes up 85% of the testing performed by the laboratory.

Dreyer said: “During the renovation period, an accredited veterinary laboratory will perform free testing of samples for clients within the Western Cape. The Western Cape Provincial Veterinary Laboratory will cover the costs. The value of the testing performed during the renovation is estimated at R2,2 million.

The renovations will cost an estimated R23 million, with completion due by November 2023.

The project will be done in three phases:

  • Phase 1 focusses primarily on the on-site establishment and many outer buildings.
  • Phase 2 will focus mainly on the laboratory areas.
  • Phase 3 will include the administrative and other office areas.

“It is envisioned that the laboratory will be fully functional again as an ISO 17025 accredited laboratory by the end of November 2023,” Dr Meyer said. – Press release, Western Cape Department of Agriculture

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