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cosatuFin24 reports that amid calls for Eskom to be moved to the department of mineral resources and energy for oversight, Cosatu’s parliamentary coordinator Matthew Parks pointed out that that would not solve the power crisis.  

Over the weekend, the ANC Women's League (ANCWL) and the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) separately voiced views that the power utility should be reconfigured to the energy department.  Eskom currently falls within the portfolio of the department of public enterprises, under the leadership of Pravin Gordhan.  ANCWL president Bathabile Dlamini said:  "Energy must be consolidated.  It's the department of energy that has the programme and a full strategy that is going to be used over many years to ensure that we have enough electricity in the country.”  In a 17-page document containing views responding to the crisis at Eskom as well as load shedding, Numsa called for the president to axe Gordhan.  “We have no option but to strongly suggest that Eskom be under the leadership of the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, Minister Gwede Mantashe, and be shifted away from public enterprises,” said Numsa’s Irvin Jim.  But Parks slammed these views as "political theatre" and opined that the debate being stirred by the parties was for "factional battles".  "It's all about getting rid of Pravin Gordhan and weakening the Cyril [Ramaphosa] faction," he claimed and added that moving Eskom from one department to another department was not going to solve the energy crisis.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Lameez Omarjee at Fin24
  • Read too, Eskom ‘becoming a political football in succession debate’, at Independent News
  • And also, President Ramaphosa’s Gordhan headache, at Independent News


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