Daily Archives: October 30, 2016

Final unit at Ingula synchronised

Eskom on Saturday synchronised Unit 3 of the Ingula Pumped Storage Scheme.

Unit 3 at Ingula, which is located on the cross-border of the Free State and KwaZulu-Natal, is the final unit to be synchronised.

In a statement on Sunday, Eskom said Unit 3 was previously synchronised to the national grid on 6 March 2016 and supported the grid until 6 April 2016 when an electrical incident occurred.

After almost 500 000 man-hours of work without any safety incidents the team completed the repair and has synchronised the unit back onto the national grid, said the power utility.

Synchronisation is the process whereby the generator in the unit is electrically connected to the national power grid in such a way that its power is perfectly aligned with all the other generators to generate and deliver electricity into the national power grid.

Ingula’s Unit 4 went into commercial operation on 10 June 2016 while Units 2 and 1 were been put into commercial operation on the 22 August 2016 and 30 August 2016 respectively.

Ingula’s four units are located 350 m underground in the world’s largest machine hall in mud-rock.

To turn the more than 500 ton rotating mass of the generator rotor and turbine, water is released from Ingula’s upper dam, Bedford Dam, situated 460 m higher and two kilometres away.

Water rushes down to the turbines at around 60km per hour with enough water passing through each turbine to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool in six seconds. Rotating at 428 revolutions per minute, each unit will produce 333 MW, a total for the station of 1 332MW.

Upon completion Ingula will be Africa’s newest and largest pumped storage scheme and the 14th largest in the world.

President Jacob Zuma visited the plant in July where he said progress made is evidence of the country’s democratic legacy that supports economic growth and development.

Source: South African Government News Agency

South Africa: State Capture Interdict – Jacob Zuma Lying Under Oath

The Democratic Alliance has today submitted our answering affidavit to the North Gauteng High Court to oppose two applications brought by President Jacob Zuma on Saturday, 29 October 2016 regarding the interdict of the Public Protector’s Final Report into State Capture.

In the first application, the President has sought to amend the relief he seeks and supplement his founding affidavit. In the second, he has sought to postpone the hearing of the matter on Tuesday, 1 November 2016.

The DA has argued that these applications to amend and postpone are best described as bad faith, technical manoeuvres that seek merely to delay the hearing of this matter, and thereby delay the release of the Public Protector’s final report into serious allegations of unethical and unconstitutional conduct by the President.

Indeed, the President’s conduct has been characterised by delays and non-compliance.

He did not file his heads of argument on 27 October 2017 as required by the order of 14 October 2016;

On Friday, 28 October 2016, the Deputy Judge President issued directions requiring the President, if he intended to seek a postponement, to bring the application by 18:00 that day. The President did not do so;

Instead, the President opted to ignore the deadline, and requested to bring his application for postponement by 11:00 on Saturday, 29 October 2016;

After the Deputy Judge President granted his request to do so, the President again did not comply. Instead he filed his application to amend at 13:50, and his application for postponement at 15:00;

The President has still not compiled with the Court’s direction that he answer the intervention application by Ms Vytjie Mentor.

The DA has also argued that the President has lied to the North Gauteng High Court.

In response to the DA’s founding affidavit, the President noted that should it later transpire that the report is final, then the report should be released. If necessary, he added, he would have a right to review the findings of the report.

The President has now claimed that the concession that the Report should be released if final is a “typographical error”. He apparently meant to say that “in that event the report should not be released”.

This is a blatant lie. It has been manufactured in an attempt to justify his attempt to abuse the court’s process by amending his relief. A number of factors substantiate this claim, including:

The DA wrote to the President on 24 October 2016. It pointed out that the President had conceded that the Report should be released if final, and that the Public Protector confirmed the report was final. The DA proposed an order by agreement to avoid further unnecessary costs.

The Public Protector responded the next day again confirming that the Report was final and clarified the uncertainty which the President was relying on.

The President, at this stage, filed a replying affidavit on 25 October 2016. He had, at this stage, has full sight of the DA’s letter. If there had been a typographical error, he could have pointed it out at this stage.

On 28 October, the President’s attorneys wrote a letter to the DA, replying to our proposal for an order by agreement, declining the option. Again, if there was a typographical error, this was the correct place to point it out.

His claims that it was an error is a blatant lie. It is a transparent and calculated attempt to justify the applications for postponement and amendment. It is telling that the President is willing not only to abuse court processes, but to lie under oath in order to prevent the release of the Report.

The DA is considering whether to lay perjury charges against the President for lying under oath.

The President’s conduct deserves the strongest condemnation. His attempt to prevent the report violates both the DA’s rights, in terms of the Public Protector Act, to have sight of the final report, as well as the Public Interest.

The DA has accordingly asked the Court for the following order:

Our application to intervene is granted;

The President’s applications to postpone and to amend his relief are dismissed;

The Public Protector is ordered to immediately release the Final Report into the complaint laid by the DA on 18 March 2016;

The President is ordered to pay the DA’s costs in his personal capacity;

The President is ordered to pay his own counsel’s fees in his personal capacity.

The DA will continue to do everything possible to ensure that the State Capture report sees the light of day, and the President is held accountable for his efforts to undermine the Rule of Law and the investigations of a Chapter Nine institution.

Source: Democratic Alliance