Parliament to visit Medupi

The parliamentary portfolio committee on public enterprises will conduct an oversight visit to Medupi Power Station just outside Lephalale on 24 and 25 July. The announcement was made on Tuesday and follows the DA’s request for such a visit after several construction delays at the site.

“The visit is crucial especially in the wake of the recent extension of the deadline in the roll out of the first phase of the project from the end of this year to mid-2014. The cost of the project has been inflated from R91 billion in its early roll out, to an astounding R105 billion,” DA spokesperson on Public Enterprises, Natasha Michael said on Wednesday.

“The DA will use this opportunity to ask hard questions to the respective officials regarding faulty construction work and labour disputes among other key causes for the delay. The work of contractors such as Chancellor House linked – Hitachi Power Africa; and French company Alstom will also be assessed thoroughly,” she added.

Michael is adamant that the planned visit will not be another window dressing expedition.  “This should be an opportunity for Parliament to gain clarity of the actual situation on the ground and ascertain whether progress is being made as suggested by the department and Minister Malusi Gigaba.” LiN/NEWS Northern News