The Karpowership SA consortium is weeks away from its deadline to wrap up a 20-year electricity supply deal with Eskom. But a Green Scorpions investigation into “misleading” information may prevent it from getting the environmental authorisation it needs.
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Last month, gas-to-power entrepreneur Aldworth Mbalati made explosive allegations of corruption in a court application. Now, two senior officials from the minerals and energy department have confirmed under oath that they met Mbalati and two alleged associates of Gwede Mantashe at an upmarket restaurant where they discussed a tender worth billions. But while Mbalati says he was pressured to engage in a corrupt scheme, the officials say they assured Mbalati that the tender would be clean.
The Turkish-led consortium has, in court papers, denied any involvement in corruption. It hit back at accuser DNG Power Holdings – asking why, if DNG was aware of corruption, it said nothing until its bid was disqualified.
A trail of fake invoices and front companies hid a plot to siphon millions from a police contract with tech giant EOH, according to a report to the Zondo commission. The money allegedly ended with a senior EOH executive’s company – from where ANC notables were paid
The money was earned from a three-year partnership between the consulting behemoth and state capture enabler Regiments Capital. McKinsey continues to insist that it was unaware that Regiments was channeling part of the fees to the Guptas.
A City of Ekurhuleni aid programme to benefit the poor was generously expanded – but the beneficiaries were often commercial companies, raising questions about misplaced priorities and political favours.
The rules of government’s emergency power programme were questionable from the beginning. Then a series of dramatic changes and inexplicable decisions steered the multi-billion-rand tender towards a “predetermined” end.
Hundreds of pages of “briefing notes” reveal that frustrated renewable bidders warned government that nonsensical rules of the emergency power programme would force bidders to burn fossil fuels and result in consumers paying more than they need to for electricity.