Eskom to fork out R1.4bn on food for workers

Eskom to fork out R1.4bn on food for workers

2014-12-21 10:50

Johannesburg - As Eskom teeters on the brink of darkness, the power utility will fork out a staggering R1.4bn on two five-year catering contracts that provide free meals to its workforce at only two power stations.

According to the Sunday Times, the contracts feed workers at Medupi in Limpopo and Kusile in Mpumalanga and are among the biggest catering contracts in the country.

The power stations are currently being built and are way behind schedule and way over budget.

The Kusile contract, worth R639m was awarded late last year to RoyalMnandi Duduza, which is part of the Bidvest group, of which ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe’s wife, Nolwandle Mantashe is a director.

Under fire

Eskom has come under fire recently for allowing South Africa to teeter on the edge of a power crisis.

Energy experts say that if Medupi and Kusile power stations had become fully operational when they were supposed to, South Africa would not be on the brink of this crisis.

Energy expert Chris Yelland said recently if these two power stations, with 4800MW each, were operating now, Eskom would have had an extra 9600MW of generating capacity on the grid.

“The cause of the tight Eskom system is fundamentally the lateness of Medupi and Kusile power stations coming on stream,” said Yelland, the MD of EE Publishers.

“The reality is, they are four years late.”

By October 2013, Eskom should have had the entire Medupi power station generating into the grid, but now the first unit will only go live in the middle of 2015. “Things are running seriously late,” he said.

Maintenance concern

“Eskom has been forced to reduce its normal maintenance regime because it simply does not have the spare capacity sufficient to allow it to do proper maintenance,” said Yelland.

“This comes at a time when the system is already constrained and, as a result, Medupi and Kusile being late is the final straw that breaks the camel’s back and pushes the country into load shedding.”

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  • Rob Wilson - 2014-12-21 10:59

    Sounds like the goons show. Never a dull moment. How much is that per worker per day?

      Made-inthe South - 2014-12-21 12:31

      The reality is that as long as Zuma783 and the ZANC is there,you ,the taxpayer will be Speared.ZANC made money out of the building of Medupi and Kusile,because their investment arm Chancellor House owned Hitachi Power Africa that had the R38 Billion contract for the boilers.That projects are now late because of strikes and faulty welding to the boilers,which had to be rectified by overseas welders. Now they will use this crisis,ZANC created,to justify the building of Russian nuclear reactors.So Chancellor House and the cadres can get tenders again.ZANC keep on winning.And if you followed the news,the Guptas are getting an uranium mine off the ground,in anticipation of the nuclear build

  • Bannana Republik - 2014-12-21 11:01

    Eish, soon they will be eating their KFC uncooked when we hit stage 3 everyday from February.

      Dhavandran Palavar - 2014-12-21 11:20

      Look on the bright side , eskom will have R1.4 bn worth of crap to convert into energy. Bunch of arseh&%es.

      Mike Heyns - 2014-12-21 12:03

      Hang on guys, they may "have a plan"? As long as they provide them with "free food", the employees will make sure that there is electricity to cook and heat it???

      Hartmut Gneiting - 2014-12-22 13:23

      Hi Mike, I don't think they are that stupid and rely on electricity. There is enough building material around, to maintain a few fires.

  • Theo Dor - 2014-12-21 11:06

    At R100 per day for 5 years feeding 8000 people

      Mc Apple - 2014-12-22 09:21

      Who would approve such ridiculous numbers? Well the ANC would but the question is why? Simple because the voters said they can do so. No sympathy what so ever from me.

      Pan Jandrum - 2014-12-22 13:32

      R1.4 billion divided by 26 thousand workers (quoted number working on both power stations) equals just under R55,00 per person, which equals to R105 for a meal per worker per day (assuming 22 working days per month, excluding 15 days leave pa.) Someone is scoring BIGTIME! .... especially if the meals are pap 'n wors.

  • David Geoffrey Jackson - 2014-12-21 11:10

    One for you nine for me !!! nudge, nudge ... wink, wink say no more !!

  • Mushood Waja - 2014-12-21 11:10

    Eish have to give free food How will the workers cook with no power

  • Asif Asmal - 2014-12-21 11:11

    Shame to power us,they first need to fuel themselves

  • mlindos - 2014-12-21 11:11

    Lovely working for eskom, no skaftin needed

      Pan Jandrum - 2014-12-22 13:33

      R1.4 billion divided by 26 thousand workers (quoted number working on both power stations) equals just under R55,00 per person, which equals to R105 for a meal per worker per day (assuming 22 working days per month, excluding 15 days leave pa.) Someone is scoring BIGTIME! .... especially if the meals are pap 'n wors.

  • Pieter ZA - 2014-12-21 11:12

    I have to take my own food to work Why do these people receive food parcels? Just another scheme to rip us off with tenders going to the elite few

  • Thembisa Munyai - 2014-12-21 11:13

    Clearly people who know someone in the ANC aren't supposed to get any work

      Grant Wright - 2014-12-21 12:16

      people must boycott the Bidvest group for this type of arrogance. Ramaphosa was/is a board director.

      Chris May - 2014-12-21 12:20

      Well, not if they are decision makers or in any other higher authority. Otherwise it is not fair to everyone. That's all.

  • Lesley Smith - 2014-12-21 11:14

    Are thy not paid money?

  • Secrecy Bill - 2014-12-21 11:19

    Eskom workers get paid enough! .... How about free meals for the poverty stricken unemployed who are forced to commit crime to stay alive rather than undeserved Eskom bonuses ?

  • Mtimandze Bhambholunye - 2014-12-21 11:22

    Our cadre must start do things in a right coz we cannot afford to vote for you.come local election

  • Mtimandze Bhambholunye - 2014-12-21 11:22

    Our cadre must start do things in a right coz we cannot afford to vote for you.come local election

  • Alan Erwin - 2014-12-21 11:24

    All the time the ANC is in power and the corrupt thieves keep take take take SA is £ucked ----- but then it is only money and there is so much ---- in fact so much you now get free meals and free electricity

  • Timothy Tanzer - 2014-12-21 11:31

    This is frightening... South Africa you are in for real trouble now under this regime....

  • Edward Spainell - 2014-12-21 11:32

    R1.4 billion. 5 year contract, 13000 workers on site, many resident on site, about R60 per person per day for multiple meals. Sound reasonable to me. NSFAS budgets R65 per day for a residence student's meals as reference. And Eskom's workers are doing labour, so they need a greater calorie count.

  • Chris Pieterse - 2014-12-21 11:39

    How much do they spen on Dagga to come up with ideas like this?

      Hartmut Gneiting - 2014-12-21 12:35

      you need harder drugs for such an idiocy

  • Grant Price - 2014-12-21 11:39

    Such a simple, narrow perspective. I feel sorry for you

  • pmalungana - 2014-12-21 11:40

    Transformation is moving too fast than we anticipated

  • hoosain.chavoos - 2014-12-21 11:44

    widespread corruption and self enrichment at the cost of the poor gwedes wife director ?no surprise there

  • Eddie Roberts - 2014-12-21 11:49

    Just thinking, wasn't it the same crowd who a few years back trashed and threw food all over the place, because it wasn't good enough? If they had to pay for the food themselves, they might appreciate it more.

  • Jacobus Becker - 2014-12-21 11:53

    I demand that government subsidise me for food while I'm at work then. Tax deductible. O wait I forgot. There are two sets of rules. I pay the tax, they waste the tax @ R40 per chicken wing...

  • paul.john.790256q - 2014-12-21 11:58

    Eskom has been providing subsidized meals for its workers for years. Even before 1994. Should it be looked at and possibly cancelled....yes. But this catering contract should not be looked at in isolation.

  • Bruno Bongani - 2014-12-21 12:02

    Eddie is right Timmy could be racist. Label him for fear of engaging him. It is a fact though

  • Leon van Eeden - 2014-12-21 12:08

    Buddy system working well

  • Dennis van Aarde - 2014-12-21 12:12

    I wish my work also supplied food

  • Raymond Kok - 2014-12-21 12:18

    thing are not late they are f.....d up cpmlpetely and now these people will eat for free and will still demand R12000.00 oh i forgot next year it will be R15.000.00 man this surely is the land of milk and honey for the well connected , i cannot wait for the day that all tax payers rise up as one and stop paying tax

      Mc Apple - 2014-12-22 09:30

      Show me how and I'll do it now.

  • Tyrone Grobbelaar - 2014-12-21 12:26

    Assuming they work for 365 days a year for 5 years and don't strike. Also assume there are 5000 workers at the 2 plants. Then that is 153.4 rand meal for each worker each day. For 2000 workers: 383.6 rand a worker per day. Time to work for Eskom, where each day is a wedding reception.

  • Hartmut Gneiting - 2014-12-21 12:28

    sorry, I am loosing it now. Eskom cancelled virtually all of their new infrastructure programs which hundreds of qualified engineers loosing their jobs. Now they spending this amount on what? Was that part of the contract, or we are just shifting money to some Cadre Companies before Eskom and the country as such will be bankrupt. I am only sorry for the idiots which still buying SA Rand, they should look after the Russian Ruble...

  • Helen Korzynski - 2014-12-21 12:32

    Please can someone explain why this country with so much sun and wind, does not have more wind turbines and solar energy. Is it just too much trouble?

  • Felix Lee - 2014-12-21 12:44

    That's why a good education is so important, especially maths and science.

  • Kholekile Nyati - 2014-12-21 12:44

    Pres. Zuma didn't just sign a law prohibiting government officials (ANC members, i.e. G. Mantashe's wife by extension) from dealing in contracts with the government???

      Chris May - 2014-12-21 13:12

      I think it was for direct employees only - not wives, nephews, friends etc. And there is not date on it so it is not really in effect.

  • geraldo.paluzzi - 2014-12-21 12:45

    The longer the project is delayed , the longer the catering contract runs, so why would certain parties within the ANC want the power stations to open? Great for self enrichment at the cost of the nation.

  • Khehla Buthelezi - 2014-12-21 12:55

    We are doomed with this govt! Our country is on the brink of a banana republic! How do you justify this crass spending? Shame on you tender hungry cadres!

  • Mark Smith - 2014-12-21 13:09

    How many RDP houses can you build with R1.4 billion.

  • lloyd.venske - 2014-12-21 13:12

    Timmy. You really cannot distinguish between racism and the will of whites to improve this country, the ANC cannot help you... They using yr tax money to fund their lifestyles, vote more carefully next time.

  • Henry Van Der Schyff - 2014-12-21 13:18

    our problems are not over i heard from an insider once the two power station are online two other power stations are going to be shut down... prepare for alternative power suppliers

  • Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2014-12-21 13:21

    So if you work for Eskom you don't have to take your own lunch but you get a three course meal every day?. Blimey.

  • Michael Mckinon - 2014-12-21 13:33


  • Garry Austin - 2014-12-21 13:42

    That's a lot of pap and chicken heads there

  • David Robert Lewis - 2014-12-21 13:44

    Now I understand why Bidvest are doing so well, they have a union bosses wife as director.

  • Bertus Pretorius - 2014-12-21 13:44

    Let them eat cake....

      Mc Apple - 2014-12-22 09:36

      I'll man the guillotine.

      Mc Apple - 2014-12-22 09:36

      .. better make it a double header.

  • Michel Konings - 2014-12-21 13:45

    Is that taxable for the employee?

  • Shireen Eva - 2014-12-21 13:46

    The longer CancCER keeps their sheeple hungry, uneducated and unemployed, the longer they can hold on to their ill gotten power through false and empty promises!!

  • Paulson Meziri - 2014-12-21 13:47

    Gwede is leaking his hands through his wife and clean it on the body of poor South Africans. Viva ANC viva.

  • khukhaphi - 2014-12-21 13:48

    Eskom just sux

  • Cecelia Hambides Rosa - 2014-12-21 13:59

    Time for a competitor energy supplier.

  • Pietro Mariani - 2014-12-21 14:07


  • Chantal Masson - 2014-12-21 14:08

    Mmm... and let's guess, that catering companies bee directors are family members of government officials.

  • sam.e.scapes - 2014-12-21 14:21

    Talking about a free meal ticket. Does any money actually go where it is really required in Eskom?

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