Ingula fiasco similar to Nkandla

2016-08-31 06:00

THE Ingula hydro power station was a brilliant idea at inception. A budgeted R8,9 billion to pump water in off-peak usage hours to a higher dam to use when the grid was facing pressure is not only efficient, but adds no extra pollution to the environment.

The massive generator turbine water tunnels could therefore add an extra 1 332 MW when urgently needed. What could possibly go wrong?

Well R8,9 billion balloons above R26 billion, the project is still years behind schedule, the contractor gets extra billions of rand for problems it was responsible for and Eskom has to hike our power costs to keep the project afloat, just to mention a few problems.

We faced serious electricity problems and the ANC still saw fit to nearly triple the project’s budgeted costs rather than apply basic contract law to fix a serious national problem.

The ANC suffered a serious voter backlash recently, but how can a party that claims “power to the people” is their priority behave so? The Ingula power project is eerily similar to the Nkandla homestead project, where nobody takes any responsibility.

ROBERT NICOLAI

Howick

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