Johannesburg - Brewing strike action in the coal sector is
"deeply concerning", Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba said
"I am deeply concerned about the industrial action that
has kicked off in the coal sector," he told reporters in Johannesburg.
Coal is a critical input in electricity production.
Speaking at power parastatal Eskom's report on the state of
the electricity supply going into summer, Gigaba urged the mining sector to
resolve the industrial action.
Eskom CEO Brian Dames said they had been closely monitoring
coal mines as wildcat strikes in the mining industry hit South Africa over the
last two months.
"We have seen some protest action on some coal mines
over the last week or so," he said.
President Jacob Zuma said on Thursday that R118m in coal
production had been lost due to strikes from mid-September.
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