The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) has joined a number of organizations supporting the country’s declaration of a state of emergency due to the ongoing electricity crisis.
Eskom has implemented continuous power outages up to level 6 due to losses in generation capacity due to the impact of industrial unrest and maintenance backlogs.
Despite a collective bargaining agreement with the unions covering seven percent Power cuts will continue to be performed.
“I think we can declare an emergency here. We are in a crisis like we have never experienced before. As we speak, IPPs exist, so there is no point in resisting the idea of dealing with these issues. What we oppose is the privatization of Eskom. The issue of IPPs already exists and there is no point in arguing about it,” said COSATU Secretary General Bheki Ntshalintshali.
Threatened rising food prices due to power outages
The agricultural authority Agri SA has warned that the recent escalation of power outages has seriously disrupted farming operations and poses long-term risks to consumers and the economy.
Farmers report huge losses due to damage to machinery, equipment and inventory during power outages.
Christo van der Rheede, Executive Director of Agri SA, says: “The agricultural sector has seen a really tough fight in recent weeks, especially with the [load] Shedding Level 6, which really caused a lot of problems.”
“Farmers also lose their equipment to power surges and so on. Ultimately, your consumer suffers with farmers being saddled with increased costs and even product being rejected by retailers due to a compromised cold chain system.”
COSATU calls for state of emergency over ongoing power crisis – SABC News
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