By Sydney Masinga
Nelspruit - Electricity supplier Eskom will spend over R100 billion over the next 10 years in Mpumalanga on expansion projects that will also help create thousands of jobs.
In his State of the Province Address in Nelspruit, on Friday, Premier David "DD" Mabuza said Eskom planned to complete 41 new supply and expansion projects in the Highveld area, including the Kusile power station, which is being built near Emalahleni (formerly Witbank).
The completion of the power station will also lead to the creation of new jobs in the mining sector.
"The projects will see the employment of more than 9 000 additional full-time skilled staff for the running of new mine operations.
"As government, we would like to thank Eskom for helping us create jobs, especially in this difficult time of global financial recession," said Mr Mabuza.
He commended Eskom's commitment to contribute towards maintaining the road network which will be under even more pressure with increased coal mining activities in the area.