Pipe rupture at power plant kills two


Power utility Eskom has launched an internal investigation following the deaths of two contractors at its Grootvlei Power Station near Balfour in Mpumalanga yesterday.

Speaking in a statement, spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe said that a highly pressurised steam pipe running from the boilers to the power generating turbines exploded, resulting in the contractors being killed instantly and a further one injured.

“The investigations are ongoing to determine what was the cause of this rapture was so that we can try put in place matters so that it doesn’t happen again,” he said.

It has meanwhile been reported that the state-owned parastatal had parted ways with its suspended Group Executive, Dan Marokane, stating that no misconduct was the reason for his departure.

“Mr Marokane believes that the agreement to separate is in the best interests of both parties; to allow the Board to pursue its plans for the company under the current leadership and for him to seek new career opportunities,” Eskom said in a statement.

His departure comes less than a month after CEO Tshediso Matona announced his exist after both were placed on suspension by then Eskom Chairman, Zola Tsotsi, for failing to keep the lights on due to a backlog in maintenance and outdated equipment.