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Minister Pravin Gordhan holds meeting over Eskom salary negotiations

The Minister of Department of Public Enterprises, Pravin Gordhan, convened a meeting with the Eskom board and management and the three labour unions, NUM, NUMSA and Solidarity with the intention to bring all parties to engage on the issues around the employee salary negotiations and disruption of electricity supply.

The spirit of the meeting was to get all parties to get back to negotiation table, to normalise relationships and to normalise operations at Eskom.

The Parties agreed that the current disruptions at Eskom that resulted in loadshedding
over the weekend are not beneficial to either party nor are they beneficial to the country and the economy. Read more: South African’s dust off lanterns as Eskom implements load shedding

The parties agreed on a process to do the following:

  1. To resume negotiations with immediate effect. It was agreed that the 0%
    offer from Eskom is off the table.
  2. To normalise operations immediately to restore normal production in order
    to ensure the security of electricity supply.
  3. To engage on other key issues that impact on the future sustainability of
    Eskom such as coal costs, impact of policy including IPPs and building
    trustworthy relationship between the parties as part of the process post

The Minister wishes to thank all the parties for the constructive engagement and
calls on all parties to play their part in ensuring that electricity supply is restored.

Ashley Theron
Ashley Theron-Ord is based in Cape Town, South Africa at Clarion Events-Africa. She is the Senior Content Producer across media brands including ESI Africa, Smart Energy International, Power Engineering International and Mining Review Africa.