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Court Rules In Favour Of Eskom Over IPP

Collins Ndlovu

Johannesburg: the North Gauteng High Court has ruled against (NUMSA) National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa on the Independent Power Producers(IPP) matter.

In February 2018, Minister of Department of Mineral Resources Jeff Radebe announced that they will sign contracts with 27 Independent Power Producers which will create over 60 000 jobs.

The North Gauteng High Court on Tuesday heard an application by Numsa and Transform RSA to prevent the Minister to continue signing with independent power producers.

The Court is of the view that a case for urgency has not been made by the applicants.

Some energy specialist are of the view that mixed energy will be good for the economy as the country has seen the decline in investment due to high electricity costs.

While some labour specialists argue that consensus must be reached between all parties to prevent job losses in the coal sector as predicted by the Unions and other stakeholders.

Soon after the announcement was made, the spokesperson for Eskom Khulu Phasiwe had an interview with a Johannesburg Television Station and ensured that for now there will be no job cuts at the coal sector.

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