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numsaANA reports that the High Court in Pretoria has heard an application by the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) to prevent the energy minister and Eskom from concluding agreements with 27 independent power producers (IPP) pending a separate, related court case.  

The union appeared before the court on Tuesday, asking it to interdict the signing of the deals until the court has heard an application by the Coal Transporters Forum, which has argued that a switch to renewable energy from coal fired electricity will lead to job losses in linked sectors.  Numsa said on Wednesday:  “The energy minister wants to rush the process of signing the IPP contracts without considering the impact that this decision would have on workers and their families.  Numsa wants to place it on record that we do not oppose renewable energy or an energy mix.  However, we demand a renewable energy sector which is controlled and owned by workers and the community."  The union claimed that the conclusion of an IPP agreement would automatically result in the closure of five Eskom power stations in Mpumalanga province, shedding at least 30,000 jobs.

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