Finweek English Edition - - INSIGHT: LOCAL - “UN­FOR­TU­NATELY LE­GAL Brian Hay­ward

Nel­son Man­dela Bay Mu­nic­i­pal­ity spokesman Mthubanzi Mniki did not re­spond to Fin­week ’s ques­tions on the mat­ter while Nersa com­mu­ni­ca­tions head Charles Hle­bela de­clined to com­ment, say­ing that the is­sue was sub ju­dice.

ac­tion is our last re­sort when it comes to pro­tect­ing our busi­nesses and the jobs that come with them. With our le­gal ac­tion, we par­tic­u­larly want to high­light that strate­gi­cally im­por­tant mat­ters such as elec­tric­ity tar­iffs to in­dus­try can­not be in the hands of lo­cal pow­ers with only short-term in­ter­ests.

“If we are not com­mit­ted to putting a brake on this,” Mertens wrote, “we will only have our­selves to blame when we see fur­ther dein­dus­tri­al­i­sa­tion and grow­ing un­em­ploy­ment in our metro.”

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