LEPHALALE — Thursday 24 November was a day of celebrations as a long-awaited dream became reality with the official Medupi Transport Sub Contracting Signing Ceremony held at the Medupi visitor’s boardroom.
Eskom’s principal contractor, Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Africa (MHPSA) was instructed by Eskom to sub contract 25% of its labour transportation requirement to Lephalale Taxi Associations. Since Eskom does not conduct business with associations, Boraro Mmogo Investment (BMI) was registered as a business representing the three local taxi associations with Tony Magaia as Chief Operating Officer for BMI.
Tom Brown, Chief Operating Officer: MHPSA, said the number one priority for both MHPSA and Eskom is to build a power plant. “The second important thing is to get the workers to work on time and therefore the contract with MBI is so important. I hope we have a long-term relationship” Brown said.
Phillip Dukashe, Project Director: Medupi, described the signing ceremony between Lowveld Bus Service (LBS) and BMI as a momentous occasion. “Eskom, as a state owned company, is mandated to achieve and is committed to the Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) imperatives as well as the supplier development and localisation initiatives. The objections of the initiatives are to eradicate poverty, reduce unemployment and the general upliftment of the previously disadvantaged communities. It is against this background that Eskom is fostering joint ventures and sub-contracting as means to achieve these objectives. In this instance, Eskom contracted MHPSA to sub-contract 25% of its labour transportation requirement to the duly recognised Lephalale taxi associations” Dukashe said.
He furthermore said to LBS and BMI that they have to use this as an opportunity to forge more working relationships to share expertise for the benefit of their shareholders, employees and the community.
“We take pride in that we are building more than just a power plant; we are building communities” he concluded.
Frans Rossel, Logistic Manager at LBS, thanked everyone for the hard work done and he thanked the community for supporting LBS for more than 30 years. He said it is LBS’s second project with BMI and “it is a happy story, we work well together”.
“We are fortunate that we can play a role and we are looking forward to a good working relationship” he concluded.
Tony Magaia, Chief Operating Officer of BMI expressed his joy and he thanked the Lord who made the contract a reality. He thanked Dukashe and his team for keeping their word, the Mayor for his vision and leadership and the Lephalale Municipality for playing a very big role in guidance and leadership. “The municipality has been wonderful to us” he said. He also mentioned the Youth Council for playing a huge role in the process.
Lephalale Mayor, Cllr Jack Maeko said: “it is a great honour to be part of this historic occasion and economic transformation event.”
He said that it acknowledges the healthy relationship between the Municipality, Medupi, Exxaro and Matimba and that the relationship is based on commitment, mutual respect and Ubuntu.