Eskom faces price hike protests

2013-01-13 15:31

Durban - The National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) will protest against Eskom's proposed 16% electricity increase, it said on Sunday.

"Our shopstewards will picket at the nine provincial hearings that the National Energy Regulator of SA (Nersa) will hold between now and the end of January," Numsa secretary Irvin Jim said in Durban on Sunday.

If Eskom's application succeeded, it would result in job losses and general price increases, he said.

Numsa had conducted a snap electricity cost survey among 10 companies with energy-intensive production processes in November.

It found that 37.5% of them anticipated closing down as a result of the proposed increase.

"Even more distressing is the fact that all but one company stated they would have to retrench workers as a result of the proposed tariff increase," said Jim.

"The companies further stated that the job losses would range between 300 and 600 per company in the five year period."

The increase would lead to higher prices of food and other consumer goods, he said.

Jim said municipalities would also hike their prices, which would have a negative impact on local economies and would destroy local jobs.

The increase in electricity prices would also destroy any chances of dealing with the challenges of unemployment, inequality and poverty, he said.

Jim said Eskom should consider inflation-related and not double-digit increases.

"Through the increases, consumers and customers are asked to pay for Eskom's inefficiency."

Jim said that investigations by Nersa an the Public Protector into load-shedding had revealed that one of the causes of the imposed blackouts was Eskom's failure to secure coal contracts on time.

There had also been delays in Eskom's build programmes and projects.


  • sthembiso.jali.50 - 2013-01-13 15:54

    hahaha, they will burn down the power stations.

      joe.smit.549 - 2013-01-13 16:01

      Lol. Nice one Sthembiso.jali.50. You got to watch the buggers. Don't want them doing toooo much.....

      Amdyn - 2013-01-13 21:27

      If they used the R250 billion paid on income tax every year to build power stations instead of for vote grabbing subsidies and BIG government we wouldn't see any price increases at all. Cut government spending to pay for infrastructure instead of making us pay twice.

  • johan.jacobs.5680 - 2013-01-13 15:56

    Where's Cosatu,come in and join the party.

  • cemslie - 2013-01-13 15:57

    This is one strike i would 100% support

      nhlapop - 2013-01-13 16:33

      Will take sabatical leave to join the strike untill our demands are met. Eskom is mad. Bloody agent.

  • shades.wanza - 2013-01-13 16:02

    cosatu anc alliance is a sick joke on the SA society. This is just perverted every time a part of govenment fights another part of government. May this whole unhealthy stupid alliance go to hell. And take the joke sacp with you.

  • hedzer.stelma - 2013-01-13 16:07

    ESKOM is our biggest problem because they are the cause off job losses bacuase people/bussiness can't pay their electrical bills

  • hennsa - 2013-01-13 16:09

    WB Yeats : "...Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,...And what rough beast, its hour come round at last, Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?"

  • shades.wanza - 2013-01-13 16:09

    if it weren't for illiteracy we would've had a responsible government heading up the financial hub of Africa which SA still is. Therefore no books and gutter education for the electorate and to hell with the country for the sake of a few

  • michael.konings.7 - 2013-01-13 16:16

    Eskom is a state owned company, so people vote for another party

  • Tiyani - 2013-01-13 16:22

    Oh oh scary thought

  • trevor.bush.9655 - 2013-01-13 16:24

    HANG ON...ESKOM IS an ANC employment agency, like SAA,TELKOM..etc.....???....THEY control and RUN Eskom, AA has assured that ALL top management and almost ALL positions are filled by black people...and now...people are crying foul but the VERY party they voted in, is screwing them and yet they will vote the ANC in AGAIN if they have the change...LMAO...only in iAfrika will logic like this remain true...ANC just screams "white" and the majority regress's into a mass of VIVA ANC VIVA!!!...LMAO

  • nhlapop - 2013-01-13 16:30

    I don't mind to take a leave and participate in the strike against Eskom price hike. If people are going to suffer because of this price increase, then government MUST bail out Eskom. We can't afford to see our Parents, brothers and sisters loose their jobs! To hell eskom with price increase. Bloody agent.

  • abdul.cassiem.9 - 2013-01-13 19:36

    Get ready to take out the candles.Cosatu any comments

  • abdul.cassiem.9 - 2013-01-13 19:37

    Get ready to take out the candles.Cosatu any comments

  • hennie.malan.16 - 2013-01-13 19:48

    All South Africans should support this protest. It's in everybody's interest to keep prices down. The Escom Directors are paying themselves multi million rand bonuses. The increase will just go to their pockets

  • mmatau - 2013-01-14 08:08

    We cannot afford to have anymore protest action! Another Fitch downgrade looming...

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