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THE 35percent tariff increases requested by parastatal Eskom will lead to disconnection and illegal reconnection of electricity around the country, Cosatu in Mpumalanga said yesterday.
"The provincial executive committee meeting resolved to negotiate increases beginning from 5percent downwards," Cosatu said after its weekend meeting.
It said an Mpumalanga delegation attending the Cosatu central executive committee meeting next month was mandated to "fight" for that position.
The increases would also result in job losses, affect small and medium enterprises and have a knock-on effect on the economy, it said.
Cosatu was disappointed that the National Electricity Regulator of South Africa had previously "ignored all submissions" made by different organisations, including Cosatu, and awarded Eskom a 31,3percent tariff increase.
The regulator recently completed public hearings on the latest Eskom price hike application.
Cosatu said it also opposed Eskom's proposal to sell off 49percent of its Kusile power plant in Mpumalanga to private investors. The project was among those identified by the provincial growth and development summit last year to create sustainable and decent jobs, it said.
"Should part of this project be privatised, the people of Mpumalanga and the country will experience more increases on electricity tariffs as the private investors try to accumulate more profit," Cosatu said.
It threatened to mobilise society and workers to protest against the privatisation should talks between relevant parties fail. - Sapa