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numsaBusinesslive reports that an urgent court interdict was granted overnight to temporarily prevent Eskom from signing deals that union believes will lead to job losses and an increase in electricity prices.  

The National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa), together with Transform RSA, obtained the interdict at the High Court in Johannesburg on Monday night to prevent Eskom from signing 27 independent power producer (IPP) contracts on Tuesday.  Numsa said it joined the application with Transform RSA in order to protect the livelihoods of thousands of workers and their families.  "Numsa believes that the signing of these contracts would be detrimental for the working class of Mpumalanga and the country as a whole.  The signing of the IPP means that Eskom will require less coal-fired electricity.  This is likely to lead to the closure of the coal-fired power plants and the impact will be that at least 30,000 working class families will suffer because of job losses‚" the union stated.  The matter has been set down for 27 March for a full High Court hearing.

  • Read this report in full at BusinessLive
  • See too, Union blocks signing of government deals with IPPs, at eNCA
  • And also, Numsa obtains court interdict to block Eskom signing renewable energy deals, at EWN


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