20 February 2013

South Africa: Minister Gigaba Intervenes to End Industrial Action At Medupi Power Station

press release

The Minister's intervention is aimed at assisting the parties to reach a negotiated settlement to end the industrial action and ensure that they develop collectively a lasting solution to the problems. The Minister believes that it is critical to stabilizing the situation at Medupi and ensures that construction at the site resumes immediately as further delays will have an adverse impact on the economic development of the country.

The parties agreed in principle to commit towards finding a resolution to the impasse and ensuring that work resumes as a matter of urgency at Medupi Power Station to ensure the project is completed within set deadline.

Minister Gigaba impressed upon the parties to negotiate in good faith for the benefit of all stakeholders. The Minister is also aware that, the parties would require time to consult with their constituencies and partners as part of refining the agreement towards a lasting solution so that workers go back to work as soon as possible.

For media enquiries contact:

Minister Gigaba's spokesperson,

E-mail: Mayihlome.tshwete@dpe.gov.za

Cell: 072 869 2477 or

Richard Mantu

Cell: 072 488 1520

Issued by: Department of Public Enterprises

20 Feb 2013

Issued by: Department of Public Enterprises

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