Sabotage 'may be cause of Medupi delay'

Jul 09 2013 12:55
Cape Town - Contractors working on Eskom's Medupi power plant may be deliberately delaying the completion of the project, said the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) on Monday, according to EWN.

"The greatest problem we may be sitting with is sabotage," general secretary Irvin Jim was quoted to have said.

He said the contractors stand to make more money while the project is being delayed.

Eskom said labour unrest and under-performing contractors have made it unable to generate electricity from its new Medupi plant until the second half of 2014.

It marked a six months delay in the scheduled.

Democratic Alliance MP Natasha Michael said the set back comes at a hefty price of about R10bn to taxpayers.

"The latest delay forecasts a shortfall of power supply in 2014 of 700MW and comes at an expected 15% price increase, pushing the cost of the project from R91bn to R105bn, an additional R10bn to taxpayers," she said in a statement.

Michael also called on Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba to take action.

"The minister must now act on his word and make sure some heads roll and face the consequences of poor management at the project."

She said not having power would negatively affect economic growth and job creation.

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