NUM to meet with Eskom over Exxaro contract

The union is threatening to 'make Eskom ungovernable' if it does not renew its contract with Exxaro.

FILE: Eskom's head office in Sunninghill, Johannesburg. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is due to meet with Eskom's senior executives today after the union threatened to take protest against the utility if it does not renew its contract with Exxaro coal mine.

Exxaro supplies Eskom with coal for its power stations and the 40 year contract comes to an end this month.

Yesterday the NUM issued a veiled threat to embark on strike action, but Eskom has described the situation as a misunderstanding.

Eskom's Khulu Phasiwe said they are looking forward to meeting with the NUM to clear the air about its dealings with Exxaro.

"We will be able to explain to them what's going on and to clear the air. This matter is receiving the highest attention that it can get within Eskom."

The union's William Mabapa says close to 2,000 of their members stand to lose their jobs if the mine is closed and Eskom CEO Brian Molefe is to blame.

"If they don't want to engage with us, I can tell you Brian Molefe will not work at Eskom, we can make this thing ungovernable." (sic)

The NUM has also raised questions about which company will be chosen to replace Exxaro, but Eskom says that decision has not been made yet.