Coal strikes could hit power supply

2012-10-12 15:06

Johannesburg - Brewing strike action in the coal sector is "deeply concerning", Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba said on Friday.

"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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  • darren.raath.5 - 2012-10-12 15:28

    yawn!! another strike.!let me look for another story... yawn!another story on malema.... yawn!

  • graham.brown.129357 - 2012-10-12 15:34

    What did they expect after the Marikana capitulation? I love Zuma's comment - "that R118m in coal production had been lost due to strikes from mid-September". This is a pittance compared to what has been lost in the platinum and gold sector. Duh! Has it just struck home because he's worked out that he might not have lights in his many mansions?

  • jason.rom.9 - 2012-10-12 15:54

    what is new

      jay.kganyago.5 - 2012-10-12 20:29

      What is new is national strikes could hit the power supply. It's in the article. This has never really happened before, and it's a massive problem if it does.

  • heinrich.swart.3 - 2012-10-12 16:10

    Please stop telling us what's happening minister, you are not a news anchor, you are a minister. What we need to hear is what you are doing about it.

  • denis.dendrinos - 2012-10-12 16:16

    another reason for the economy to contract. But sadly those illitrate miners who have 0 idea of how an economy works will blame ......well......i'll leave that up to them.... But be assured things are going to get far far tougher very soon. Expect more strikes.........

      rina.vantonder.9 - 2012-10-13 07:26

      Its SADLY not only the illiterate miners that have 0 idea of how an economy works!!

      nhlanhla.mahlangu.7393 - 2012-10-14 17:18

      yep, its not only uneducated miners faults bt the whole gvmnt s mch involved, so stubbon! fat-cats they only tink abt mines bcoz they own them (c. ramaphosa), how long this notion of solar energy transmitters has been goin on?, had they implemented it we would be free of energy crisis! damn i 4got they own them=no profit

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