NUMSA to protest Eskom's price hikes

Shop stewards will picket at the nine provincial hearings expected to be held in the coming week.

Numsa's Secretary Irvin Jim. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) on Sunday said it planned to protest against Eskom's proposed 16 percent electricity hike for a period of five years.

Numsa's Secretary Irvin Jim said the union's shop stewards will picket at the nine provincial hearings that the national energy regulator of South Africa will hold in the coming week.

Jim said Eskom should consider inflation-related and not double-digit increases.

"We're saying, don't give Eskom double digit.

"Increase the mandate of Eskom to electrify the country to make sure that all South Africans have access to electricity."