Eskom orders mountain of ammunition: 15 000 rounds to protect station

Eskom orders mountain of ammunition: 15 000 rounds to protect station

- Eskom insists that there is nothing out of the norm about a tender for 15 000 rounds of ammunition

- The power utility ordered the 9mm bullets for its Grootvlei power station in what is reportedly an annual occurrence

- The ammunition is apparently used for training security personnel to shoot under the National Key Points act

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Eskom has ordered a staggering 15 000 rounds of 9mm bullets for its Grootvlei power station.

News24 reports that a tender was issued to procure the ammunition, which is intended for training security personnel under the National Key Points act.

National key points are strategic installations that reportedly need special security measures in order to prevent acts of sabotage.

South Africa has over 200 key points that were made public in 2015 after a campaign by SA History Archive and the Right2Know.

Earlier this week, Eskom issued a request for quotations for the ammunition for its coal power station in Mpumalanga.

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The state-owned entity responded to requests for comment by saying the power station fell under the National Key Point Act:

"The National Key Point procedure requires security personnel to get assessed according to Regulation 79 annually. The ammunition is required for shooting training and assessment of all security personnel on an annual basis."

Eskom says that the last purchase of this nature for Grootvlei had been published midway through last year and the ammunition had been used:

"This is not the first time Grootvlei has ordered ammunition as indicated, it’s an annual occurrence for assessment purposes."

In other news, reported that Eskom had managed to lose R5 million in furniture meant to go to a failed accommodation project. No case had been opened despite the magnitude of the theft.

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