'Eskom must publicise its financial records'

Numsa wants the power house to open its records to determine how much it’s paying for coal & diesel.

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JOHANNESBURG - The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) has called for Eskom to open its financial records to public scrutiny to determine how much it's paying for coal and diesel.

This week the metalworkers union convened a National Civil Society Conference on the electricity crisis which saw its rival unions Solidarity and the United Association of SA (Uasa) take part in coming up with solutions.

Numsa said Eskom requires bailouts from the state on an almost yearly basis while citizens continue paying more for power.

The union's Karl Cloete explained why Eskom needs to open its books.

"We are entitled to know what happens with the taxpayer's money and why government would have to make more investments when it is not clear where the money is going. Eskom would have to open up the books."

The conference also heard strong motivations for solar energy from analysts and residents groups.

The Soweto Electricity Crisis Committee's Zodwa Madiba appealed to the state to provide poor people with access to solar energy.

"I know it's going to take time but they knew that we were having this crisis and they know that they can't even create jobs for the people. They know that they should have prepared that before coming up with excuses that that thing will take long."