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Gigaba visits Medupi

The minister said he would not tolerate any more construction delays at the Limpopo power plant.

Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba and Eskom CEO Brian Dames inspect the Medupi power station on 11 April 2013.

JOHANNESBURG - Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba on Thursday said he would not tolerate any more delays at the Medupi Power Station in Limpopo.

Construction of the coal-fired power station has been halted several times in recent months, mostly due to labour unrest.

One unit is expected to start operating by the end of 2013.

It will add 800 megawatts to the power grid.

Gigaba toured the Medupi construction site earlier on Thursday.

He said completing the massive project was a priority.

"The country cannot afford any further delays. We've already had some before, but further delays will not be tolerated. We will deliver first power in December 2013."

In February, Gigaba had to intervene during violent strike action at the station.

At least 46 workers were arrested after they torched an Eskom vehicle and damaged a police vehicle.

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