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Zuma: Power stations to create jobs

2012-06-08 17:43

Johannesburg - Eskom's three new power stations would create almost 40 000 job opportunities, President Jacob Zuma said on Friday.

A total of 35 000 jobs would relate to construction and operations, while another 4 500 would be indirect jobs supporting the programme, he said at the launch of the boiler pressure test of the first unit of the Medupi Power Station in Lephalale, Limpopo.

The power stations concerned are Kusile in Mpumalanga, Ingula in Kwazulu-Natal and Medupi.

Kusile, near Delmas, was expected to cost R121bn.

"The project is more than 17% complete with R39bn having been spent. The project has an estimated 25% impact on Delmas town's GDP," Zuma said.

Ingula in Ladysmith would cost in the region of R23bn.

"The project is more than 42% complete, with R11bn having been spent. It is expected to have a 7% impact on Ladysmith's local GDP (gross domestic product)," Zuma said.

Medupi would be the fourth-largest coal plant and the largest dry-cooled power station in the world.

Its first 800 Megawatt unit is expected to be commissioned in early 2012, with the next units following at nine-month intervals.

Zuma said the power station would have a planned operational life of 50 years.

"Once all its six units are completed, Medupi will be able generate enough electricity to power almost the whole of Gauteng."

Medupi will have a significant impact on Lephalale.

"Eskom currently has approximately 17 000 people working on the Medupi construction site. More than 40% are from the local area."

Comments
  • grace.andtruth.77 - 2012-06-08 17:51

    Ja ja ja... I'm sure you have enough relatives to fill those positions Zoom.

      Fussed - 2012-06-08 18:25

      Employ the right people of we will have fook all power back to the dark ages, Just like you

      Fussed - 2012-06-08 18:25

      Employ the right people of we will have fook all power back to the dark ages, Just like you

      Henk - 2012-06-08 19:10

      4960000 jobs to go.....Eish

      andrew.arnesen - 2012-06-08 19:25

      I wonder how many solar panels they could buy with the R140bn and R125bn respectively that they are going to spend? And, how long they would last? Probably easily more than 50 years, without taking anything out of the ground (ruining the environment) and polluting the atmosphere?? I get a figure of R800 per kW so I am still trying to work this all out... ;) Better than nuclear, but only just...

      Christopher - 2012-06-08 20:07

      This should have been done about 15 years ago??!!

      Press - 2012-06-08 21:31

      Positive most of the jobs will be created in the hospital wards where the patients of the polution from these pollution monsters will be treated - we only have ourselves to blame for building these obsolute and dirty things . . .

      seymour.howe - 2012-06-09 19:38

      hahahahaha! - " Kusile, near Delmas, was expected to cost R121bn. The project is more than 17% complete with R39bn having been spent." Sooooo. according to my calculations, 1/3 of the money's been spent but only 1/6th has been completed - Not a problem, two choices, - the Favoured Contractor will declare themselves bankrupt after securing their own nest-eggs or another "extra-ordinary budget" will be created to cover the extra costs - Please watch this space in the near future! Also Zoom Zoom - both the job creation and the extra power into the grid is about ten years too late!

      Harold - 2012-06-09 21:22

      @Andrew At night when the sun goes down you still need power stations to get through to the next day. and thenthere is the cloudy day . Please sort out that problem then we can all talk GREEN. Please do not tell us about batteries they are poison for the earth. Waiting for an answer.

  • cliff.vanbelkum - 2012-06-08 17:52

    Lets invest in creating an unsustainable energy solution - our government is so short sighted! More jobs can be created in renewable energy projects and those skills will grow and last forever. STOP THE ROT!

      PumaFred - 2012-06-09 11:55

      for every MW of power you generate by renewables such as wind or solar you need another MW built from nuclear or coal stations for when the wind don't blow or the sun don;t shine.

      PumaFred - 2012-06-09 11:55

      for every MW of power you generate by renewables such as wind or solar you need another MW built from nuclear or coal stations for when the wind don't blow or the sun don;t shine.

  • cliff.vanbelkum - 2012-06-08 17:52

    Lets invest in creating an unsustainable energy solution - our government is so short sighted! More jobs can be created in renewable energy projects and those skills will grow and last forever. STOP THE ROT!

  • cliff.vanbelkum - 2012-06-08 17:53

    Let's invest in creating an unsustainable energy solution - our government is so short sighted! More jobs can be created in renewable energy projects and those skills will grow and last forever. STOP THE ROT!

  • theo.prinse - 2012-06-08 17:55

    13.000 workers on one power plant ?

      grace.andtruth.77 - 2012-06-08 18:19

      Ja! Sitting around picking noses while our bills increase 25% per annum. Then they'll STILL strike for unrealistic increases. The top knobs will sell the power to a foreign African country so we can load shed again

  • theo.prinse - 2012-06-08 17:55

    13.000 workers on one power plant ?

  • theo.prinse - 2012-06-08 17:57

    13.000 workers on one power station ??

  • Tamaranui - 2012-06-08 18:02

    Don't agree with the type of Power generation however another move forward regarding Infrastructure, Well done ANC.

      Harold - 2012-06-09 21:34

      Hey Stupid ANC supporter Dont forget that it is the boilers coming on line not the turbines. The faster the boilers sre completed the quiker the ANC will get R5 billion share for the sale of the boilers or have you forgotten about the shares in supplier company. Cultural Dagga has damaged peoples brains

  • carel.venter - 2012-06-08 18:14

    R1.275million per job (of which 75% are probably temporary in the construction phase). Must be the most expensive job creation initiative yet.

  • brian.heunis - 2012-06-08 18:16

    thanks brett murray....another public uttering by prez spark plug!

  • elkita.robbertse - 2012-06-08 18:17

    Zuma ia lying through his teeth again.What he is doing is looking for votes.I have never seen someone that is such a pro in lies.

  • elkita.robbertse - 2012-06-08 18:17

    Zuma ia lying through his teeth again.What he is doing is looking for votes.I have never seen someone that is such a pro in lies.

  • Wandile UBhodwe-RoofCleaner Dweba - 2012-06-08 18:17

    this a positive and more fruitful act by the leading party, Aluta Continua.........

  • elkita.robbertse - 2012-06-08 18:18

    Zuma ia lying through his teeth again.What he is doing is looking for votes.I have never seen someone that is such a pro in lies.

  • Sean Wasserman - 2012-06-08 18:37

    At the start of the pressure testing of the first boiler President Zuma announced that the first unit will come on line early 2012. Great reporting News24.

  • Faizie - 2012-06-08 18:40

    Liar Liar your spears on fire. Such rot

  • Faizie - 2012-06-08 18:41

    Liar Liar your spears on fire. Such rot

  • simakoko - 2012-06-08 18:45

    Zuma must stop fooling unemployed people!!

  • Cornerkick Forwhites - 2012-06-08 19:00

    Thank you mr President! ANC to rule for ever. Australia is an option for all other unwelcomed visitors/refugees if dey dnt comply. they can turn red in the mean tym

  • sexypencil - 2012-06-08 19:01

    Why can't zuma just shut up for just a lil while i mean how many years have they been promises that rain will someday fall down while not even a cloud that is visible!

  • adrian.hill.750 - 2012-06-08 19:08

    It may create 40,000 tasks. This does not mean by a long shot that those tasks will be fulfilled by NEW employees

  • adrian.hill.750 - 2012-06-08 19:08

    It may create 40,000 tasks. This does not mean by a long shot that those tasks will be fulfilled by NEW employees

  • Gavin - 2012-06-08 19:09

    Just imagine how many jobs we could create if you and your cronies did an honest days work ?

  • andrew.j.redman.9 - 2012-06-08 19:12

    If we developed the shale gas reserves in the karoo (the 4th biggest reserve of shale gas in the world by the way at 485 trillion cubic feet) - we could build this electrical capacity in the same time frame and emit five times less CO2 per GW! worth thnking about methinks! It can be done responsibly and will create just as many jobs and a powerful platform for a real competitive downstream industry - it's a game changer !

      Tamaranui - 2012-06-08 19:16

      Who is chanting anti mining in the Karoo ??

  • andrew.arnesen - 2012-06-08 19:23

    I wonder how many solar panels they could buy with the R140bn and R125bn respectively that they are going to spend? And, how long they would last? Probably easily more than 50 years, without taking anything out of the ground (ruining the environment) and polluting the atmosphere?? I get a figure of R800 per kW so I am still trying to work this all out... ;) Better than nuclear, but only just...

  • andrew.arnesen - 2012-06-08 19:24

    I wonder how many solar panels they could buy with the R140bn and R125bn respectively that they are going to spend? And, how long they would last? Probably easily more than 50 years, without taking anything out of the ground (ruining the environment) and polluting the atmosphere?? I get a figure of R800 per kW so I am still trying to work this all out... ;) Better than nuclear, but only just...

  • patrick.saunders123 - 2012-06-08 19:36

    not to mention an opportunity for the anc, with its partners in crime, to steal the country blind.

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-06-08 19:36

    40 000 jobs...until such time that all South Africans are considered Zoomer et al can go f*ck emselves!!

  • Glyn - 2012-06-08 19:36

    How the heck do you get to those figures? Explain! Yes, you dumbo! How do you get to 40 000??? No ways!!! Out with the anc!!

  • Glyn - 2012-06-08 19:37

    How the heck do you get to those figures? Explain! Yes, you dumbo! How do you get to 40 000??? No ways!!! Out with the anc!!

      Fano Mcanyana - 2012-06-08 21:35

      glyn stop being childish we see what the man is saying your problem is you don,t want to accept defeat after 18yrs forget my friend DA will never rule this country ever, and for your information ANC is here to stay and rule with or without ZUMA tnx

  • Lungisa Nhlakanipho Zondi - 2012-06-08 19:43

    jobs jobs this song shall be sung forever and the poor will never see it fulfilled

  • Jennifer - 2012-06-08 19:53

    Foreign investment creates jobs... Looking after the roads, water systems and farms creates jobs... Supporting small businesses even if they are owned by whiteys create jobs... Educating the people creates Jobs... Promises you don't intend to keep creates DA voters.

  • mfihlo.babanerikhotso - 2012-06-08 20:50

    Ja,if you can stop lying and stop stealing with your people.and dont give tenders to your people

      Fano Mcanyana - 2012-06-08 21:26

      which poeple are you refering too, you a problem wood head you must not make baseless allegatoins or you enjoy writting rubbish we are working on the power station we see what zuma is talking about go out there and see first before you comment mickey, and for stealing what has he stole from you thats why you like this it,s you big mouth

      Terry Wiegand - 2012-06-09 08:19

      Fano. This corruption happens way above your pay grade and please use spell check!

  • icarus.smith.90 - 2012-06-08 21:10

    Do we have enough coal for this. As main reasons for our black outs was due to lack of coal. And these are all black smoke spewing pollution coal fired stations.

  • Coetzee Swanepoel - 2012-06-08 22:27

    Don't know why this is a political matter? Lack of leadership lead to countrywide blackouts. We as consumers are footing the bill for these developments. The government does not deserve the credit. C'mon people! Let's get these politicians working for us. It is a civil service after all .... and if they don't deliver, surely democracy means we can replace them with people who want to deliver? The Lord gave you two ends, your success depends on which one you use most! Have a great weekend,

  • John - 2012-06-09 06:37

    May I plug your chair in please Zuma?

  • Vincent - 2012-06-09 06:39

    What a lot of rubbish: 40000 jobs! When construction is completed, there will be maintenance staff only.

  • Vincent - 2012-06-09 06:39

    What a lot of rubbish: 40000 jobs! When construction is completed, there will be maintenance staff only.

  • mark.haupt.31 - 2012-06-09 07:26

    Damn, doesn't this fool know when to keep his mouth shut, he only opens his mouth to change feet. You have millions unemployed and construction jobs are temporary, mostly obtained through labour brokers. Secondly, permanent jobs in the power industry require know-how and expertise, not things you and your government have proven to expedite.

  • Terry Wiegand - 2012-06-09 07:38

    Rubbish! Power stations create electricity! not jobs. Zoom zoom

  • comurray - 2012-06-09 08:52

    With all these new power stations costing so much to build it is no wonder the price of electricity is so high and will increase year by year until only the privilaged few will be able to afford it.

  • comurray - 2012-06-09 08:52

    With all these new power stations costing so much to build it is no wonder the price of electricity is so high and will increase year by year until only the privilaged few will be able to afford it.

  • joemols - 2012-06-09 09:26

    You ve talked about creating jobs since day 1,what s wrong with you?

  • PumaFred - 2012-06-09 11:55

    for every MW of power you generate by renewables such as wind or solar you need another MW built from nuclear or coal stations for when the wind don't blow or the sun don;t shine.

  • PumaFred - 2012-06-09 11:58

    for every MW of power you generate by renewables such as wind or solar you need another MW built from nuclear or coal stations for when the wind don't blow or the sun don;t shine.

  • Brian - 2012-06-09 13:53

    Sounds like a lot of hot air from JZ and ANC. I doubt if even 10000 temporary jobs could be created.

  • prakash.singh.169 - 2012-06-09 15:58

    Yeah well done to your speech writer. Keep on lying to the ANC voters. What happened to your 500 000 jobs. Poor ANC voters will keeping on struggling, no water, no electricity, no jobs, can't marry 5 times.

  • prakash.singh.169 - 2012-06-09 15:58

    Yeah well done to your speech writer. Keep on lying to the ANC voters. What happened to your 500 000 jobs. Poor ANC voters will keeping on struggling, no water, no electricity, no jobs, can't marry 5 times.

  • prakash.singh.169 - 2012-06-09 16:01

    Yeah well done to your speech writer. Keep on lying to the ANC voters. What happened to your 500 000 jobs. Poor ANC voters will keeping on struggling, no water, no electricity, no jobs, can't marry 5 times.

  • Glyn - 2012-06-09 18:34

    Most of those "job opportunities" will be at Hitachi factories in Japan! Zuma, give us a formal calculation to prove your figures!

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