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pravingordanFin24 reports that Public Enterprise Minister Pravin Gordhan will meet with Eskom's board as a priority to map a way forward for the entity, following President Cyril Ramaphosa's announcement that the power utility would be unbundled.  

Ramaphosa on Thursday announced in his State of the Nation Address (Sona) that Eskom would be split into three entities – generation, transmission and distribution.  All three companies will fall under Eskom Holdings.  According to a statement issued by the Department of Public Enterprises on Friday evening, in addition to meeting with the board, a public consultation process with stakeholders, particularly organised labour, will also start "as soon as possible".  The National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa), one of three recognised unions at the power utility, has strongly rejected the unbundling of Eskom.  The union has expressed concern that the unbundling would lead to the privatisation of Eskom, which would lead to job shedding.  Labour federation Cosatu in turn has called for the president to make a commitment that the restructuring would not lead to job losses.  "We appreciate the President’s commitment to a just transition.  But he did not say what exactly does that mean.  Workers only want one thing.  Job security," Cosatu parliamentary coordinator Matthew Parks said in a statement.

  • Read Lameez Omarjee’s original report on this story in full at Fin24

Read too, Ramaphosa promises ‘meaningful consultation’ as he confirms split of Eskom into three units, at Mining Weekly

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