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COSATU: privatization will lead to job losses and “it will foster the casualization of labour"

COSATU General Secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali said “the privatization of SOEs that has been proposed by some in government and inside the ANC will adversely affect the state's capacity to: provide basic services to the poor; provide for infrastructural development; intervene to restructure the economy to ensure growth and employment creation.” COSATU believes privatization will lead to job losses [and] “it will foster the casualization of labour, with more and more workers being hired on limited fixed-term contracts of employment. It will also remove workers from the bargaining units established over many years in the public sector, generally leading to a reduction in incomes, benefits and job security.”

Source: The M&G Online

“The privatization of Eskom by other means"

Irvin Jim, the General secretary of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA), says adoption of the Independent Power Producer model, which is being promoted by BRICS New Development Bank (NDB), amounts to “the privatization of Eskom by other means and we reject it in its totality. We cannot allow the grid and the supply of electricity to be placed in private hands. We have learnt many hard lessons in the past about privatization. It ultimately worsens conditions for workers and their families, through increased tariffs and retrenchments.”

Source: www.counterpunch.org

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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.”

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