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eskomBusinessLive reports that more trade unions have vowed to fight the agreements set to be entered into between Eskom and 27 Independent Power Producers (IPPs).  

On Tuesday, Energy Minister Jeff Radebe postponed the signing of contracts with 27 power producers due to a court action brought by the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) and nongovernmental organisation Transform RSA.  On Wednesday, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said it would not allow Radebe to go ahead with the plan as it would "perpetuate the stealing of money from SOEs".  The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) said on Wednesday that its national protest action scheduled for 20 March would also stand against any potential job losses incurred as a result of IPPs.  At the heart of the disagreements over the IPP contracts is the potential loss of up to 30,000 jobs in coal mining, despite government assurances that the agreements would probably create more than 60,000 jobs.  The contracts are set to offer consumers the choice of using clean and renewable energy instead of coal as a power source.

  • Read this report by Theto Mahlakoana in full at BusinessLive
  • Read too, Greenpeace hammers Numsa over IPP interdict, at News24
  • And also, NUM welcomes delay in signing of agreements with IPPs, at Mining Weekly

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