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An Eskom board decision to shut down five power stations — Hendrina‚ Kriel‚ Komati‚ Grootvlei and Camden — has outraged Cosatu. "[This] is not just an arrogant decision‚ but a hostile act of provocation directed at workers and their unions‚" the union federation’s national spokesperson, Sizwe Pamla, said on Tuesday. Pamla said Cosatu would seek a meeting with Eskom and the government to discuss the "unacceptable decision". He lashed out‚ saying: "It appears that Eskom makes decisions with no vision‚ no planning‚ and no care about consequences. If we have surplus electricity then we must cancel nuclear‚ reduce prices‚ export more to Africa and invest in building electric cars." Cosatu agreed with the National Union of Mineworkers that SA’s climate change obligations to introduce renewable energy into the electricity grid should not result in back-door privatisation, and further commercialisation of the Eskom. "Eskom and the government should suspend their plan to shut down the power ...

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