Numsa takes City Power to court

The union is demanding transparency over an R800 million tender.

The union is demanding transparency over an R800 million tender awarded to an importing company. Picture: RSC Inc.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) will be taking City Power Johannesburg to court next week to demand transparency on an R800 million tender.

Numsa at the weekend said the utility has granted the contract for solar water heaters to a company that will import the units while there are numerous local companies who could manufacture them.

Numsa said it's an insult to South African manufacturing that the R800 million tender was granted to Tasol Solar Energy Solutions, who allegedly imports its geysers from China.

The union's Mphumzi Maqungo said they're demanding transparency and will take City Power Johannesburg to court for documents relating to the tender.

"What we're saying is that we at Numsa want transparency. In May last year the general secretary wrote a letter asking what processes were followed by City Power Johannesburg in arriving to this decision."

He said, "We believe this is public money and R800 million would have created job opportunities. This company is no longer producing the solar pressure geysers."

The application is said to be argued at the South-Gauteng High Court on Tuesday.