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numsaBusinessLive reports that as Eskom battles to keep SA’s lights on, the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) has called for the board of the state-owned power to be replaced.  

The country’s biggest union for metal workers on Sunday lambasted the board, saying it was “incompetent” and that it and the government had failed to fix Eskom.  Despite welcoming the resignation of Eskom chairperson Jabu Mabuza, the union said more action was needed to be taken by the ANC national leadership, including the appointment of a new minister of public enterprises to replace Pravin Gordhan.  “Numsa wants to reiterate its call to the president that the time is now to remove the Eskom board and minister Pravin Gordhan and ensure that Eskom has leadership with the necessary requisite skills and that the board must be reconstituted with representatives from labour, business and civil society with at least 70% of the board comprising of engineers.  It is the Eskom board, management and the ministers starting with minister Jeff Radebe and Pravin [Gordhan] who are responsible for the mess that Eskom finds itself in,” the union stated.  Eskom resumed rolling blackouts last week.  Meantime, President Cyril Ramaphosa said that the ruling party would speed up the process of transforming Eskom to ensure the state-owned entity ran efficiently.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Odwa Mjo at BusinessLive

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