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Eskom's Medupi power station produces its first electricity

Approximately 350 people will be deployed to work at the Medupi Power Station in Limpopo.

Medupi power station in Limpopo. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - While Eskom battles to keep the lights on, Limpopo's Medupi power station's unit six has produced power for the first time.

Two months ago Eskom promised that one unit would go online in the middle of this year after it missed its December deadline.

The utility has been battling to meet the high electricity demand resulting in rolling blackouts since last year.

Eskom Chief Executive Officer Tshediso Matona on Monday said that this was a major milestone for the utility.

The parastatal has promised that Medupi unit six's full potential of 794 megawatts would come online with the national grid within the next three months.

A power station manager has been appointed, together with around 350 people who will be deployed to work at the Limpopo-based power station.

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