DA calls for intervention at Medupi

BY CHARL BOSCH - APRIL 8, 2015

Democratic Alliance (DA) Shadow Minister of Public Enterprises, Natasha Michael, has called on Minister Lynne Brown to intervene after workers were locked out of the troubled Medupi power station earlier today.

Last month, around 21 000 workers related to National Union of Metalworkers (NUMSA) downed tools after accusing Eskom for failing to meet their wage demands and forcing them to work under poor living conditions.

“Eskom does not want to take responsibility ... there is no leadership,” NUMSA General Secretary, Irvin Jim, was quoted by Business Day as saying.

Speaking in a statement, Michael said that construction of the much maligned power station had fallen five years behind schedule and was R84.9-billion over budget, adding that Brown needs to “find solutions for both these union members and for the rest of the country”.

“Any further delays to the construction of Medupi translates to increased strain on the national electricity grid which our country can ill afford. South Africa’s grid is in a constant state of strain with load-shedding being commonplace,” she said

“A secure electricity supply is essential to economic growth and job creation in our country. The Minster must make every effort possible to ensure there are no further delays to the construction of this vital power station”.