Eskom unveils commemorative plaque at Medupi

2016-05-14 11:40
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Pretoria - Eskom has unveiled a commemorative plaque in memory for the people who had been buried at the site where the Medupi power station is currently being constructed.

The plaque was unveiled by Public Enterprises deputy minister Bulelani Magwanishe following traditional rites at the break of dawn for a symbolic relocation of the spirit of the departed to their new resting place.

“As Government we need to ensure that the cultural heritage of all South Africans is protected. We are humbled by Eskom’s gesture of putting a memorial stone so that the Marapong community and the affected families are able to visit their departed loved ones unhindered,” said Magwanishe.

“A nation without knowledge of its cultural heritage is a lost nation. This process allows us as government and state-owned company to restore the dignity of the affected families.”

Saturday’s proceedings followed an extensive process of consultation and engagement with all the affected parties and stakeholders. Eskom CEO Brian Molefe said the power utility worked with the local community and the region’s traditional leadership in its efforts to restore the dignity of the community.

He said the day was very significant.

“Furthermore, Eskom has and will continue to work with the surrounding communities, the traditional chiefs of the region, the Provincial Government, the Local Government, the South African Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities, the Limpopo Heritage Resources Authority and the South African Heritage Resources Authority to make sure we acknowledge and respect our common ancestry to light the future of our people,” said Molefe.

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