The multi-billion rand Medupi power plant has hit another snag. At least a dozen families in Limpopo say the plant is being built on the graves of their ancestors. They claim they were not consulted about the development when construction began in 2007.
LEPHALALE, Limpopo – President Jacob Zuma opened Unit Six of Eskom’s Medupi coal-fired power station at Lephalale on Sunday.
Unit Six will provide 800 megawatts to the grid – enough electricity to power a city the size of Bloemfontein.
While the first unit is functioning, construction of the rest of the power station is years behind schedule; five more units still have to be brought online by 2020.
Once complete, Medupi will be one of the biggest coal power stations in the world.
Before the opening on Sunday members of the media were taken on a tour of the facility.
Below are some images and video taken during the tour: