Mixed reaction to Eskom results
Paris Mashego, the NUM Energy Sector Coordinator, said the union acknowledged the fact that executive would create stability to re-energise and grow Eskom.
“The NUM calls on the Public Enterprise Minister Lynne Brown to act speedily on the leadership crisis at Eskom. A lot of executives are acting in their positions and it is important that they are appointed permanentlyso that they should be stability at Eskom especially at senior managementlevel,” he said.However, the union is unhappy to hear that ten employees lost their livesin the line of duty in 2014-2015. This includes three workers from Eskomand seven from the contractors.“
The high number of the contractor workers dying at Eskom is unacceptableand cannot be tolerated. It is important that Eskom must focus more on its Zero Harm concept,” said Mashego.
Mashego further said the reduction of the employee numbers at Eskom was unfortunate.”Eskom has abandoned its parastatal responsibility of creating jobs and jobs opportunities. The reduced intake of engineers, technicians and artisan learners has a negative impact on economic growth,” Mashego said.
Meanwhile, the opposition’s Democratic Alliance, expressed concern at therevision of the completion dates for the new power stations at Medupi andKusile.The completion of Medupi has been revised from 2017 to 2019, with Kusile revised from 2019 to 2021.“Current delays, and the resulting power cuts, have had devastatingeffects on our economy, which will barely grow at 2 percent this year, afar cry from the 5 percent aimed for by government,” Natasha Mazzone, DAShadow Minister of Public Enterprises.
– CAJ News
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