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COSATU led a national strike against job losses and privatisation

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) led a 13 February national strike, saying “when the workers demanded a strike against job losses and privatisation, the Central Executive Committee obliged.” Cosatu president Zingiswa Losi, who led the march in Durban, said “we should agree with the ANC government that you can unbundle Eskom if you want, but there should be no job losses, no electricity cost increases and no privatisation.” [Pretoria News, 14 February 2019]

Source: www.cosatu.org.za

The National Union of Metalworkers has criticised the spliting of the Escom

The National Union of Metalworkers (NUMSA) has criticised the announcement by President Cyril Ramaphosa during his state of the nation address that power utility Eskom would be split into three state-owned entities. “‘This is nothing more than privatisation through the back door and we reject it,’ NUMSA general secretary Irvin Jim said in a statement. ‘Only an Eskom which is completely owned and controlled by the state is the best guarantee for cheap electricity. ‘History has shown us that once the private sector is allowed to step in, prices increase and massive job shedding is inevitable,’ Jim said.” President Ramaphosa says “there are sound, valid and compelling reasons to separate Eskom into different entities. It is not a path to privatisation, as the Hon Malema will have us believe.”

Source: www.timeslive.co.za

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Running on Empty. What Business, Government and Citizens must do to confront South Africa’s water crisis.

In a new report, ActionAid South Africa takes on the issue of water pricing for private companies vs. the public. Johann Boonzaaier, chief executive manager of the Impala Water Users Association, “says privatising water is a controversial topic because access to water is a basic human right.” Emily Craven of ActionAid South Africa says “what worries us is when the monetary value is put into the equation. Because mines are the biggest polluters of the water, essentially what you would have is municipalities buying their own water from the mines that polluted it in the first place.”