NUM to forge ahead with national strike against closure of Eskom coal mines

The National Union of Mine Workers (NUM) says it will go ahead with a national protest against Eskom’s plans to shut down five coal-fired power stations over the next 10 years.

This follows recent protests by the Coal Transportation Forum around Tshwane.

Eskom’s move is in a bid to reduce greenhouse carbon emissions through renewable energy.

The utility confirmed it is in the process of signing contracts with companies to produce and supply power the national grid.

The Coal Transportation Forum said 30 000 employees are at risk of losing their jobs if the power stations are closed.

NUM insists that the inclusion of independent power producers is ‘privatisation brought to Eskom through the back door’.

NUM general secretary David Sipunzi has continued to question the process.

We cannot fold our arms while jobs are being destroyed to satisfy a few people who will benefit out of this green energy thing.

David Sipunzi, NUM general secretary

How is electricity going to be cheaper if it is privatised?

David Sipunzi, NUM general secretary

It is independent power producers, why don’t they build their own power station and sell directly to the public?

David Sipunzi, NUM general secretary

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