Numsa acting national spokesperson Phakamile Hlubi-Majola says they applied for the court interdict in order to prevent the department of energy and power utility Eskom from concluding the outstanding renewable energy power purchase agreements.
Speaking to Ray White on The Midday Report, Hlubi-Majola says the state is trying to impose a process on them that will see many people lose their jobs.
Our biggest bug with this whole process is that from the time the conversation began around independent power producers, it was very clear that once Eskom takes on the IPPs, it means that the coal-fired power stations were going to wound down which would at least see 30 000 jobs lost.— Phakamile Hlubi-Majola, NUMSA Acting national spokesperson
Hlubi-Majola says the union was surprised to find out government was intending to sign on IPPs without considering the concerns put forward by Numsa. She says that the judge has set a date for 27 March for the matter to be heard, but it seems government is in a hurry to sign the contracts.
We are interested in ensure that the interest of our members and the working class in Mpumalanga are protected.— Phakamile Hlubi-Majola, NUMSA Acting national spokesperson
It seems to us that these deals are made in the interests of those close to power and we have to question that as Numsa.— Phakamile Hlubi-Majola, NUMSA Acting national spokesperson
She further states that as Numsa they have no problem with energy renewal. Hlubi-Majola says what they want as Numsa is a guarantee that there will be no job losses when there is a transition from coal to renewable energy.
Listen to why Numsa says government has not been engaging them: