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'IPPs should have been phased in slowly, don't shut us down'

1 March 2017 5:25 PM
Mary Phadi, Spokesperson for Coal Transportation Forum says they do not want to end up living in a ghost town with no jobs.

Mary Phadi, Spokesperson for Coal Transportation Forum, talks to Redi Tlhabi about the truck drivers' concerns.

Phadi says their fears were sparked after President Zuma approved the signing of the Independent Power Producer agreement.

Which is something that will lead to mining job losses, and therefore a lot of suppliers in and around the Mpumalanga area, will soon be out of employment.

Mary Phadi, Spokesperson for Coal Transportation Forum

The transition to independent power suppliers has been inevitable, and government has even been criticised for dragging their heels on not signing the agreement sooner. The argument is that the agreement will allow more smaller players access to the market.

But Phadi says the current difficult economic climate is not the right time to make this change.

The price of the IPP is much higher than the price that Eskom is expected to sell it for - and coal is much cheaper.

Mary Phadi, Spokesperson for Coal Transportation Forum

Why sign all IPPs instead of phasing out slowly so that in the meantime you are saving somebody else's life?

Mary Phadi, Spokesperson for Coal Transportation Forum

We don't want to be shut down.

Mary Phadi, Spokesperson for Coal Transportation Forum

Is there a middle ground?

Take a listen to Mary Phadi, Spokesperson for Coal Transportation Forum below:


1 March 2017 5:25 PM