Gigaba’s power-station stalemate

Chris Yelland | 12 July 2013 | Mail & Guardian Business

During a high-profile site visit on April 11, Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba advised Eskom, Alstom and Hitachi executives that first power from Medupi Power Station by no later than December was absolutely critical, that no further delays would be tolerated, and that “heads would roll” if any delays occurred.

The Eskom chief executive and his executive team assured the minister that the situation had been analysed, that the problem areas had been identified and were being dealt with, and that the due date would be met.

This was followed by press releases from nonperforming contractors Alstom and Hitachi, confirming their undertakings and commitments to meet the deadline, as well as a press release from Eskom that a new site-wide labour agreement was being put in place. Continue reading.

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