Ramaphosa, Pravin Gordhan visit Eskom's embattled Medupi Power Station

Ramaphosa, Pravin Gordhan visit Eskom's embattled Medupi Power Station

- President Cyril Ramaphosa visited the Medupi Power Station on Tuesday

- The worn-out looking politician was joined by Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan

- Despite the controversy surrounding the mega-station, Ramaphosa says all units should be functional by this time next year

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President Cyril Ramaphosa took time out of his hectic schedule to visit the embattled Medupi Power Station on Tuesday.

One of the mega station's units were declared 'commercialised' in the words of Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan, who had tagged along on the trip.

Briefly.co.za reported that the Medupi station had been commissioned to take the pressure off of Eskom's ageing fleet of stations.

READ ALSO: Eskom clamps down: 14-hour power cuts may be reality for Free State

The station had been scheduled for completion in 2011 already, but five years later and running millions over budget, Medupi remains only partially complete.

Nevertheless, Ramaphosa took a moment to thank the employees who have been hard at work enabling South Africans to have access to electricity.

However, the Free State province is facing a bleak festive season, with the embattled state-owned entity threatening to cut off several municipalities.

Three metros were earmarked, owing nearly R10 billion collectively, for 14-hour power outages in response to the growing debt burden in the province.

Similar measures have already been taken in Soweto, with the utility planning to cut off illegal connections. While exact figures are not yet available, Eskom estimates that 60% of homes in the region have access to electricity through illegal means.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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