Numsa says Eskom-de­pen­dent in­dus­tries will suf­fer

The New Age (Free State) - - SPORT - HLONI MASHIGO hlonim@the­

NUMSA spokesper­son Phakamile Hlubi-Ma­jola has la­belled “pure pro­pa­ganda” the an­nounce­ment by the Depart­ment of Energy that there was no court in­ter­dict to stop the sign­ing off of 27 in­de­pen­dent re­new­able power projects.

She said the depart­ment was hu­mili- ated “and they are try­ing to spin what was an em­bar­rass­ing court judg­ment against them”.

She said the court had asked the Depart­ment of Energy to sub­mit an­swer­ing af­fi­davits so that the full mat­ter could be heard on March 27.

She said that by Eskom’s own ad­mis­sion, job losses would be in the re­gion of 30000-40000 and power sta­tions in Mpumalanga will be closed.

“All of the in­dus­tries that are Eskomde­pen­dent will also suf­fer,” Hlu­biMa­jola said.

She said the power util­ity also ad­mit­ted that the im­ple­men­ta­tion of these projects would be very costly, more than the 77c it is al­lowed to charge per kilo­watt.

“Now the ques­tion is who is go­ing to pay the dif­fer­ence of the cost that is charged by IPPs and Eskom? Who is go­ing to make up that dif­fer­ence?” Hlubi-Ma­jola said.

She said key to the prob­lem was a lack of con­sul­ta­tion with var­i­ous stake­hold­ers and that very se­ri­ous ques­tions hadn’t been an­swered.

These ques­tions are re­lated to cost, im­ple­men­ta­tion and jobs.

“Numsa’s rea­son for get­ting in­volved was purely be­cause we felt that we have to pro­tect the rights of the work­ing class ma­jor­ity who will be af­fected by this de­ci­sion,” she said.

She said that Numsa had tried to have dis­cus­sions with the min­is­ter and Eskom but there had been no en­gage­ment.

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