President Cyril Ramaphosa has met with the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), along with Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan and Energy Minister Jeff Radebe about Eskom's future amongst other things.
The NUM has threatened to shut down the country’s power grid in the days leading up to the elections following a deadlock with government about the future of Eskom.
The labour union has rejected government’s plan to split the power utility into three entities.
#NUM meets @PresidencyZA @CyrilRamaphosa together with Minister Jeff Hadebe and Minister Pravin Gordan at NUM Headquarters in Johannesburg @PresidencyZA @gagasifm @TimesLIVE @SowetanLIVE @JacaNews @MorningLiveSABC @TheCitizen_News @Fin24 @cnbcafrica @BDliveSA pic.twitter.com/qWMjzmyv7V— @COSATU Today (@_cosatu) March 18, 2019
Senior Political Reporter at Eyewitness News Theto Mahlakoana understands that a number of the issues raised have been addressed and that talks are expected to continue.
They firstly wanted to say to the president that the lack of consultation over the unbundling was problematic because unions are not aware of how the process will be carried out or what the impact will be on jobs, and that is why there has been backlash against the decision.— Theto Mahlakoana, Senior Political Reporter - EWN
They want to keep a lot of what was discussed quiet until they have informed their members but our sources have told us a number of the issues were addressed, saying that the there was quite good progress.— Theto Mahlakoana, Senior Political Reporter - EWN
To be able to command this amount of attention by virtue of threatening to shut down the country, speaks to the significance of the relationship.— Theto Mahlakoana, Senior Political Reporter - EWN
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