Medupi needs quality control to reach optimum functioning

FILE IMAGE: Medupi's coal yard under construction in 2014.
FILE IMAGE: Medupi's coal yard under construction in 2014.
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No scientists or engineers are required to tell or advise any authority that more water works, sewage plants and power plants are needed as the population grows; that high quality materials are sine qua non for them to last longer; that suitably qualified personnel are hired to do the right job; that quality control is strictly applied and that regular planned maintenance is done to keep them operational.

Quite simply, sheer common sense is needed. Unfortunately this has been a carbuncle on the forehead of the governing party in the 27 years. No, many of us were not shocked when the coal-fired Medupi power station’s unit 4 generator in Lephalale, Limpopo exploded.

As a norm, the expected final report will exonerate the big fish and condemn the small fry. What a turn of events! On August 1, Eskom announced its full operation and seven days later a blast occurred. There’s definitely no jinx on this matter, it’s a combo of bungling incompetence, structural defects and/or factional fighting.

One thing we cannot fault is the repayment of the capital amount and interests on the loan from the World Bank.

Thami Zwane, Edenvale, Ekurhuleni

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