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South African corruption and Chinese power (company)

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Micah Reddy and investigative center Amabhungane report that a local municipality in eastern South Africa has ordered China Sinogy Electric Engineering Company (CSEEC) to stop construction of an electrical power substation.

  • The poor, rural municipality of Thaba Chweu in Mpumalanga Province is not yet complete, but the project has already taken six years and cost about 400 million South African rand ($30 million).
  • The project was suspended “after criticism from opposition councillors, activists and residents that there was no need to sink such a vast sum into a substation in the first place — and that the municipality had signed away most of its electricity revenue stream to pay for it.”
  • However, “CSEEC insists the substation is sorely needed,” as do the local bureaucrats, who are apparently finding ways to line their pockets.
Jeremy Goldkorn

Jeremy Goldkorn worked in China for 20 years as an editor and entrepreneur. He is editor-in-chief of SupChina, and co-founder of the Sinica Podcast.

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