CLOSURE OF POWER STATIONS
Capitalists’ plan for renewable energy will lead to job losses
‘NUM has noted that the decision partially to privatise Eskom has already been taken without involvement’
The inclusion of independent power producers (IPPs) to the energy sphere in SA is pure privatisation brought to Eskom through the back door. Our country is under serious attack by the neoliberal agenda that seeks to undermine the gains of our liberation since 1994. The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has noted that the decision partially to privatise Eskom has already been taken without our involvement. The difference between the cost of renewable energy generated by IPPs and the electricity generated by Eskom could affect the utility’s balance sheet adversely. During the deliberations at the Eskom shop stewards council, the NUM came to the conclusion that as much as we support green energy, we cannot ignore scientific facts that green energy is not as cheap as it is portrayed to be by the capitalists who are dealing with it. We know that capitalism is about profit maximisation. Capitalists will go to the extent of misleading society to maximise profits. We have further noted th...