Ramokgopa highlights design flaws in Medupi construction

Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa says there were 'corrupt intentions' with regards to design flaws at Medupi power station.

JOHANNESBURG - Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa continues to visit coal-fired power stations across the country.

During his visit to Medupi and Matimba, he highlighted the design flaws in the construction of Medupi.

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The minister says structural alignment is the biggest challenge at Medupi.

“If you where, you don't have a situation where there were corrupt intentions, corrupt means, you can see that the intention was to cut corners," he said.

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"Six years into the life of a very young plant you're beginning to see these defects, and management tells us that once a unit fails, it's only then that they see the compromised quality of these materials.

"And you see that the country and economy is paying a heavy penalty for that."

* eNCA’s Heidi Giokos reports.

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