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protestSowetanLive reports that a coal supply company owned by Eskom board chairperson Jabu Mabuza's brother-in-law is losing over R8m a day in revenue due to violent protests at its mine in Mpumalanga.  

Mzimkhulu Mining, whose directors include Themba Langa, Mabuza's brother-in-law, and SG Coal, approached the Middelburg High Court to seek an urgent interdict against the Truckers Association of SA (Tasa).  In the court papers, the mine accused truck owners in the eMalahleni area of intimidation and damage to property.  In his founding affidavit, Maleka indicated that the approximate value of coal which could not be transported each day amounted to approximately to R8.1m.  "This translates into a substantial loss of revenue for the mine on a daily basis.  The unlawful actions also result in nonfulfilment of contractual commitments towards Eskom.  The mine had to shut down for the day because nobody was allowed access.  This has a tremendous impact on the operations of the mine as well as security of its employees," Maleka stated.  Mzimkhulu Mining general manager Michael Mabogoane stated in his affidavit that the situation was so volatile that he feared for the safety of staff, truck drivers and himself.  SG Coal CEO Frederik Oosthuizen stated:  "The unlawful protest orchestrated by Tasa is an unlawful attempt to interfere with the transport business of SG Coal and its joint-venture partners.  Tasa was interdicted from blocking the mine entrance and the trucks.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Peter Ramothwala at SowetanLive

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