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Civil society groups call for more transparency from Eskom

Several organisations at an electricity crisis conference say Eskom's war room must be more inclusive.

The conference took place under the theme ‘Will This Be a Winter Without Power?’ Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Unions and civil society groups at an electricity crisis conference in Johannesburg on Tuesday called for Eskom's war room to be more 'inclusive' and questioned how it was using its finances from the state.

The conference took place under the theme 'Will This Be a Winter Without Power?'

The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa, United Association of South Africa (Uasa) and Solidarity, who represent workers at Eskom, condemned the way the crisis is being managed.

Uasa's Brian Muir said the civil society conference was historic as workers were united.

"We are rising above our differences and are leading by example. We are acknowledging that we have a problem."

Solidarity's Dirk Hermann said the effects of the electricity crisis have been underestimated.

"The notice of the retrenchments is because of the electricity crisis."

Numsa's Karl Cloete also called for the dissolution of Eskom's war room.

"There is no transparency and we don't know as South Africans what is happening behind closed doors."

Several municipalities and residents groups that protested for power were also due to make submissions.