Since 1994 the post-Apartheid new dispensation introduced policies that sought to affect equity in all spheres of life, Mega Projects have become indispensable as their sheer size could have an immediate impact on the intended beneficiaries. However the widespread public protestations and rolling juristic disputations are the objective of this study to assess their impact on the projects' implementation. The two biggest Mega projects in the energy sector, Medupi power station and Kusile power stations are used as case studies to assess the delays caused by the endemic protests in the country. Interviews were held with, local communities, top government officials and professionals involved in the implementation of these projects. It was observed that most of these projects are hastily implemented with abnormally heavy pressure from the authorities in order to avoid political embarrassment. The rushed implementation leads to superficial public consultation which results in a lack of psychological contract with the local communities. Some of these protests could be attributed to downtime, picketing, intimidation of workers, sabotage and general disruptions in order to demonstrate disaffection with the implementation of the projects. If consultation could be all-encompassing, meaningful and target critical stakeholders much better improved project delivery could be achieved.
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