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Medupi Power Station Graves
Between 2010 and 2011 complaints regarding the alleged destruction of graves were lodged with the African Development Bank and the World Bank as well as their respective independent compliance review mechanisms following their loan approval for the construction components of the Medupi Power Station.
After numerous unsuccessful attempts to address the issues raised through the Medupi Environmental Monitoring Committee with the assistance of the local Municipality, the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) was requested to take the lead with setting up and chairing a task team that comprised of representatives from the DEA, South African Heritage Resources Agency (SAHRA), Limpopo Heritage Resources Authority (LIHRA), Eskom and the affected families. The task team was responsible for setting up a scope for Eskom to appoint an independent heritage specialist to undertake additional and more detailed Heritage Impact Assessments.

At the same time, separate investigations were also carried out by The Commission for Cultural, Religious and Linguistics Rights. Both investigations came to similar conclusions and recommendations. The outcome of both processes have resulted in the development of an Integrated Heritage Conservation Management Plan which Eskom is now implementing together with affected family members at the Medupi Power Station.

Integrated Management Plan