Eskom and Tegeta taken to court over coal contract

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Eskom and Tegeta taken to court over coal contract

The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) has taken Gupta-owned mining company Tegeta and Eskom to court over a controversial R3.7-billion coal supply contract, the City Press reported.

The SIU has reportedly asked the Pretoria High Court to declare the deal unlawful and invalid, and is pushing for the two companies to pay punitive costs for their involvement.
 

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I'll be happier when the complicit are led off to jail in manacles.
Considering the prison overcrowding issues, it's a pity these corrupt criminals cannot be sent (in shackles) to work in a coal mine for zero pay, starting with the GuZumptas.

They wouldn't even need to be productive, leaving them down an abandoned mine shaft would work just as well, just throw a few cans of baked beans down the shaft every few days, eventually the methane should take care of the problem.
 

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If Eskom increases their prices by 90% over the next three years they will be pricing themselves out of the market. Their customers will be installing their own electricity systems and cutting the cord.
That is already happening, hence Cape Town forcing people to register their solar equipment.
 

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I'll be happier when the complicit are led off to jail in manacles.
We'd all love to see that, they truly deserve to spend several years in the slammer but sadly that's unlikely to happen. The colour of justice is green, despite the crap that you may have heard from some no-good politician mumbling something about "nobody is above the law". Only the truly naive would believe that.
 

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https://www.enca.com/news/siu-close-concluding-eskom-probe

The Special Investigation Unit is close to finalising its probe into Eskom's controversial R3.7-billion coal supply contract with Gupta-linked Tegeta.

The SIU has filed papers at the North Gauteng High Court, it wants the contract to be declared illegal and invalid.
If the court doesn't set aside the coal supply contract, it will run for another seven years.
Tegeta is under administration after it ran into financial difficulties.

It's not currently supplying coal to Eskom.
 

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Its old news for most of us, but the details are disgusting: https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2019-02-27-matshela-koko-and-the-guptas-brakfontein-coal-mess/

The Brakfontein coal deal reached a fever pitch around August 2015 when an accredited Eskom laboratory failed Gupta coal by 15 out of 30 samples tested.

Such tests are done to ensure compliance with specifications for contracted power stations to reduce the risk of damaging equipment, among other things.

The Guptas, the commission heard, cried foul and claimed the lab had solicited a bribe for favourable results.

Now firmly back in the hot seat at Eskom, Koko briefly suspended the Guptas’ coal supply, pending another wave of tests, this time by the SA Bureau of Standards, which failed 29 out of the 30 samples.

Eskom had earlier seconded Dr Mark van der Riet, an award-winning coal specialist, to its primary energy division to investigate the link between poor quality coal and load shedding.

This Brakfontein mess landed on his desk within days of the failed tests in August 2015.

While travelling to Mpumalanga to collect coal samples from the Brakfontein colliery, Koko allegedly called to tell him the sampling would take place without him or members of his team being present.
 

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That is already happening, hence Cape Town forcing people to register their solar equipment.
Isn't that only for grid-tied systems? If you go off-grid then the municipality can go suck on eggs for all I care. You're not connected so there is no islanding issues or feedback tariff structures required.

Additionally if municipalities try taxing people for capturing solar radiation then we'll have another e-toll non-payment scenario play out.
Off-grid power + water = middle finger to municipalities
 

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Isn't that only for grid-tied systems? If you go off-grid then the municipality can go suck on eggs for all I care. You're not connected so there is no islanding issues or feedback tariff structures required.

Additionally if municipalities try taxing people for capturing solar radiation then we'll have another e-toll non-payment scenario play out.
Off-grid power + water = middle finger to municipalities
Both. Off grid and On Grid.

Specifically both.
 
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