State-owned electricity provider Eskom announced on Wednesday that new collective agreements have been reached with contractors and unions at the strike-vulnerable Medupi and Kusile power plants to stabilize labour relations and ensure projects meet their already revised delivery plans. Eskom originally hoped to be able to conclude the new agreement by the end of May. New site-specific agreements are being drawn up according to agreed principles, including the provisions of the partnership contract: a minimum wage for all hourly wage contractors and standardised wage rates within each company, in all companies and in the same sectors. Contractors must ensure that tariffs are applied in a uniform manner. A new central wage office will be set up to support standardization. The Parties shall designate a task force to address the relevant development and training needs of workers and employers in the field. In addition, fraudulent activities were also apprehended with the post-Weld Heat Treatment (PWHT) and a Hitachi subcontractor had been reported to the South African Police Service (SAPS) and an investigation was ongoing. Mr. Marokane continued to discuss control and instrumentation (C&I) and said that the entire Medupi would be controlled by a distributed control system, a complex computer and instrumentation system that allowed operators to safely monitor and control what happened to the facility, both internally and externally.