Deputy President David Mabuza has confirmed that Eskom’s Medupi Power Station in Limpopo will be fully operational by end of this year and Kusile Power Station by 2023.

He was conducting oversight of the now 50% operational Kusile Power Station in Mpumalanga.

Mabuza was accompanied by a ministerial task team, including Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe, acting Minister in the Presidency Khumbudzo Ntshaveni and State Security Minister, Ayanda Dlodlo.

Mabuza says plans are afoot to make sure that there is enough electricity in the country.

“According to the timeline that we have set ourselves as government, Eskom has set for itself, we’ve tried to push them hard. But for Kusile, I think yes the deadline is 2023. For Medupi, all systems go, this year we done. We’ll be fixing some of the technical mistakes, as we go on until we get the plant fully operational, but yes we’re going to commercialise it.”

However, the Deputy President couldn’t rule out a possibility of a load shedding this coming winter.

Deputy President Mabuza confirms that Medupi Power Station will be fully operational by year-end: