Eskom has cancelled plans to give workers at its Medupi power station “symbolic coins and embroidered cricket hats” for completing the station’s first unit.
According to a report in The Sunday Times, Eskom had requested quotations for 15,000 cricket hats and 15,000 “silver medal coins with artwork” – which would have been given to its workers.
The Sunday Times said Eskom cancelled the deal after it sent the power company questions on the subject.
The deal for the hats alone would have cost between R900,000 and R2.4 million, excluding embroidery, stated the paper.
Medupi years behind
The coal-fired Medupi plant is seven years behind schedule and billions over budget, stated the report – with all six of its generating units originally scheduled to go online by late 2013.
“Poor workmanship, strikes, and glitches caused delays,” stated the report. The plant’s project director Roman Crookes also recently resigned.
Energy expert Chris Yelland said giving workers hats and silver coins would “send the wrong signal to cash-strapped consumers amid increasing power prices”.
Yelland added that the departure of Crookes was of concern, and showed “all was not well at Eskom”.