Instead of focusing on rebuilding the country after years of state capture, we were distracted by a sideshow, writes Mandy Wiener.
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The multi-billion rand mega power stations Eskom commissioned in 2007, Medupi and Kusile, should take a large portion of the blame for the power utility's failure to keep the country supplied with electricity.
Energy expert Chris Yelland says that Parliament’s Standing Committee on Public Accounts was given "outdated and incorrect" figures on the cost of completing coal power mega stations Medupi and Kusile.
The Special Investigating Unit has brought in additional experts in its investigation of 11 contractors at the two power stations.
Global law firm Dentons' report into the problems at Eskom highlighted how and why the state utility failed to meet its own deadlines for new generation capacity.
Eskom’s board is facing calls to appear before Parliament with documents relating to the Ingula pumped storage scheme, which has allegedly seen costs spiral from R8.9bn to R36bn.
A South African chemical engineer with three decades of big build experience explains how SA can build its nuclear power plants in a way that avoids delays and added costs.
The African Development Bank Group has concluded a settlement dealt with Japanese power company Hitachi over the awarding of the Medupi contract.
The strike at the Medupi power station is “treason”, Brian Molefe, acting chief executive of Eskom, said this morning in Parliament.
Workers at Eskom's Medupi power plant have been locked out of the construction site after a one-day strike, says a Numsa official.
These are the real reasons why Eskom is implementing rolling scheduled blackouts for the third time this year, according to an energy analyst.
In addition, five electricity generating units are unavailable due to boiler tube leaks
Eskom Chairperson Jabu Mabuza says construction on power plants Medupi and Kusile will go ahead as the cost of halting the projects will not benefit the economy.
Numsa has warned that further construction delays at Eskom’s coal power plants Medupi and Kusile could occur if they go on strike in the engineering and metals sector.
Cabinet has once more emphasised that independent power producers remain an integral part of SA's energy mix, following conflicting statements from Eskom CEO Brian Molefe.
January 7, 2016 could hardly have been worse in this thunderously beautiful, water-parched, and economically reeling nation of 53 million residents at the bottom of Africa, writes Keith Schneider.
Roman Crookes, project director of the new Medupi power station, has resigned and will leave Eskom at the end of January, says spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe.
This week suspended workers trickled into the Mogol Club in Lephalale, the town closest to the Medupi construction site, to be re-employed after agreeing to conditions endorsed by Eskom.
A group of labourers placed burning tyres on the road entering Medupi to force buses to stop and then physically pulled workers off the bus, according to Eskom and witnesses.
Eskom will spend a staggering R1.4bn on two catering contracts to provide free meals to its staff at the Medupi and Kusile power plants, according to a report.
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