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Lethabo Power Station

Explore the world of power generation

At Lethabo Power Station's Visitors Centre you will be introduced to the The Story Behind the Switch, in educational experience for all

The visitor centre offers

A photographic exhibition telling the Eskom story, the production of electricity, an overview of Lethabo from the early years of construction to today and many more.

Interactive models –  our facilities allows a visitor to experience how electricity is produced, find out all about Eskom's power stations, the power transmission and distribution network.  Did you know that Eskom was established in 1923? Find out more about this and other historical milestones of the largest power utility in Africa.

About Lethabo

Did you know that:

  • the 6 boilers at Lethabo are each housed in a building as high as 35 storeys;
  • the turbine hall housing the 6 turbine - generators is 500m long;
  • the station burns ±50 000 tonnes of low grade coal every day;
  • the station comprise 6 X 618MW generating sets;
  • the cooling towers are 164M high, as high as a 54 story office block;
  • the white plume on top of the cooling towers is pure water vapour;
  • the two chimneys, each 275M high, are 35M taller than the TV tower in Johannesburg;
  • the station is a zero effluent loss power station;
  • the ash dumps gets rehabilitated into "mountains", covered with soil and grass.

The visit

The static exhibition and models play an important part in a visit to us. Everybody will get an opportunity to explore  the "The Story Behind the Switch". We shall also structure the program in such a way to satisfy your needs.

  • School children (unfortunately we can only accommodate learners from Grade 6 and higher) will perform worksheet activities as a main learning activity during the visit. It is therefore of utmost importance that the educators assist in facilitating during these activities.
  • Children and those not allowed/interested to go on a plant tour will be subjected only to a generic presentation/worksheet activities and what is on display in the exhibition centre.
  • All school groups/children must be accompanied by teaching staff/ or an adult to ensure that discipline is maintained. Groups not going for a plant tour are limited to 70 people per group.

Plant tours

  • Plant tours, by prior arrangement only, are open to people of Grade 12 and older. A maximum of 25 people per tour guide could be taken on a plant tour. (Most of the time 2 guides are available) Safety is of utmost importance to us. Specific safety requirements shall therefore apply and shall be communicated to you during booking arrangements as well as prior going onto the plant tour. Persons going on a plant tour must wear a closed, flat sole shoe. No open sandals or "sloppies" are allowed. Although we are going to visit safe areas of plant, we are still going to do some walking. People on the tour must therefore be able to walk on their own and capable of using stairs when required, also in an unlikely event we are requested to evacuate the plant.
  • No cameras/photographic equipment of any kind or alcohol are allowed on site.

Visitor centre hours

Visits/tours are normally conducted on weekdays, Monday to Friday 09:30 and 13:00; we are prepared to consider other time arrangements on request.

As we are inundated with requests for visits, it is advisable for all prospective visitors to contact us in advance to make the necessary bookings. School groups must ensure the necessary approval of the visit is obtained prior confirmation of the visit.

Where to find us 

We are between 10 and 25 km's from the major towns in the Vaal Triangle, exit off the Denneysville road near New Vaal Colliery, Viljoensdrif, Free State Province.

The visitors centre can be reached via several highways leading from Johannesburg/Pretoria (N1/N3/N12 and R59) and Bloemfontein (N1) in the south. Johannesburg is less than an hour's drive from us.  (A map is available on request.)

We look forward to welcome you at Lethabo Power Station Visitors Centre soon!

E-mail:  LethaboVisitorsCentre@eskom.co.za

(016) 457 5650/5037
Fax (016) 457 5550

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