NUM threatens not to support ANC over plans to unbundle Eskom

The union says it was never consulted about plans to unbundle the state-owned power utility.

South Africa’s biggest mining union NUM has threatened they will not support the ANC at the May 2019’s polls if plans to unbundle Eskom go ahead.

The union says it only found out about the plans in President Cyril Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation Address a week ago.

“The ANC has just taken a decision to go to Parliament to announce that they are going to unbundle,” said NUM President Joseph Montisetse last week.

Montisetse said they were angered because the ANC saw “no value” in them despite being the majority union in the power generations industry.

They didn’t see the need to “sit around the table and share views on how to navigate the problem”, he said.

“Our members on the ground, especially in Mpumalanga are very angry,” Montisetse said.

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“There is no way that this kind of business model can actually rescue Eskom from the deepest crisis that it is. The deepest crisis of Eskom from our analysis is that it does not have an effective board,” he said.

(edited by MLM)

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