Exxaro asked to ‘redirect’ coal from Limpopo to Mpumalanga

They used to supply coal to Medupi power station but because of technical problems there they will now supply to this side.

Mining company Exxaro has reportedly been asked by Eskom to redirect from Limpopo to Mpumalanga.

They have been asked to redirect from the Waterberg region to Mpumalanga, according to Exxaro’s Nombasa Tsengwa.

She said their contract with Eskom was “clear” and allowed them to “redirect”.

“We have got clear remedies in our contracts which allow us to re-direct coal to Matimba [power station, near Lephalale in Limpopo province] and take-or-pay,” she said.

“But Eskom asked us to redirect coal from the Waterberg to Mpumalanga and we are helping them in this regard,” Tsengwa said.

She said Exxaro will be sending “a test train to Mpumalanga to see how that works.

The arrangement is a cooperation between Exxaro and Transnet, she said.

Tsengwa commented after the publication of Exxaro’s full-year results this week in which profits before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation increased marginally to R7.28bn.

Eskom acknowledged in February that it would conduct an audit into design and operational faults at Medupi and Kusile, its new-build projects.

Technical faults at Medupi power station in Limpopo have resulted in Eskom not buying coal from Exxaro, forcing the mining company to slap the state utility with penalties.

Now they will supply to Mpumalanga power stations while problems at Medupi are being fixed.

(edited by ZK)

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Eskom’s Abraham Masango resigns hours after being suspended

They say he resigned because of “continuous harassment and threats”.

Eskom’s group capital division boss Abram Masango was suspended Friday morning over allegations of corruption.

Few hours later he announced his resignation from the power utility.

His lawyers said Masango’s resignation is immediate.

“After more than 20 dedicated years as a loyal and committed senior Executive of Eskom, Mr Abram Masango, the highly respected whistle-blower who exposed the rot and corruption within the power utility, has resigned with immediate effect,” the lawyers said in a statement.

They said the reason he resigned was because of “continuous harassment, threats and victimisation”.

They said his suspension showed that Eskom was desparate “to remove him from the organisation no matter what”.

The power utility said there were “various allegations of impropriety” against Masango stemming from the construction of Kusile Power Station in eMalahleni, Mpumalanga.

“Whilst we recognise his rights to be presumed innocent, however, given the serious nature of the allegations made against him and the seniority of his position in Eskom, the Eskom management took a decision to place him on suspension pending the outcome of the investigation,” said Eskom.

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PRET hauls Kusile bosses before DD Mabuza

Power station managers agree to meet PRET leaders at the Premier’s office.

The Practical Radical Economic Transformation (PRET) wants Kusile power station managers to appear before Premier David Mabuza to explain job creation.

Secretary Sunday Mathebula said Kusile power stations had agreed to employ 10 000 young people and they will make this commitment during a meeting in Mabuza’s office a week to come.

This week both Themba Sgudla, who is the group’s president, and Mathebula led a march to the Kusile power station in Delmas, demanding that 16 000 people be employed by the Eskom power station and that hundreds of companies owned by Mpumalanga youths be given tenders there.

The march – called ‘Massive Stay Away’ – was organised to start at the Kusile power station on Monday (20 Nov) and then on Tuesday go to Duvha power station but then the Duvha leg could not happen because Sgudla and other PRET members got arrested during the Monday one at Kusile, spending the night at the Ogies police station.

In a reply to the group, Kusile agrees to meet Sgudla and Mathebula at Mabuza’s office in Riverside, Mbombela next week Wednesday (29 Nov).

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It apologised for a miscommunication that the meeting at Mabuza’s office would be this week Wednesday (22 Nov).

“We note the correspondence from PRET about the meeting at the Premier’s office in Mbombela tomorrow Wednesday 22 November at 3pm. Without hesitation we offer our sincere apologies in advance for a possible miscommunication about the Wednesday meeting,” the company wrote in an e-mail to Mathebula’s PA on Tuesday.

“We have been of the understanding that the meeting at the Premier’s office was for next week Wednesday 29 November. This date affords us sufficient time to provide feedback to the Group Chief Executive about the proceedings of 20th November [meeting] at Kusile and the agreed next steps with the leadership of PRET. Furthermore, it also affords us the opportunity to engage all the Implementers of the programme (e.g. power station managers) and create the required alignment,” the company said.

(edited by ZK)

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