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SA taxpayers forked out for sub-standard Gupta coal – Zondo commission

Coal News - Published on Thu, 14 Mar 2019

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News24 reported that the state capture commission has heard evidence that former top Eskom executive Matshela Koko personally called the manager of a Gupta-linked coal supply contract, insisting that sub-standard coal be delivered to Majuba power station. Koko is the former acting CEO and former head of generation at the power utility. The inquiry was continuing with evidence from Gert Opperman, a coal supply unit manager at the power utility. Opperman told the commission that in April 2015 he took over the management of the Brakfontein colliery coal contract. The colliery, near Delmas in Mpumalanga, was owned by Tegeta Exploration and Resources, a Gupta firm.

Opperman said in September 2015 a stockpile of coal from the colliery was out of specification and according to the contract it could not be delivered to Majuba power station. “I received a phone call from Mr Koko saying I must please engage the Majuba power station to accept this product.” He said he told the mine that the coal would need to be reprocessed, or, alternatively, the mine could declare a dispute with Eskom.

After informing Tegeta that the coal was out of specification, he said he was called by the top Eskom executive. “I received a phone call from Mr Koko saying I must please engage the Majuba power station to accept this product.”

He said it was unusual for Koko to make such a call and he had never been called about accepting substandard coal before. Opperman said the conversation with Koko was short. He asked his manager what he ought to do and he was told to proceed with the delivery. “I did indicate my discomfort about it. I definitely did not motivate for it,”

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Thu, 14 Mar 2019
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