NUM threatens to pull ANC support over renewable energy deals

The union's Piet Mathosa says that the deal was not thoroughly thought out, accusing the Energy Department of being arrogant.

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JOHANNESBURG – The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) says it may have to pull its support for the African National Congress (ANC) just a year ahead of the general elections if government forges ahead with its renewable energy programme.

Energy Minister Jeff Radebe signed contracts worth R56 billion with 27 independent power producers.

The deal is expected to add 2,300 megawwatts of electricity to the national grid over the next five years.

The union's Piet Mathosa says that the deal was not thoroughly thought out, accusing the Energy Department of being arrogant.

The minister, however, insists the deal won’t lead to job losses and will, in fact create 58,000 jobs.

But the NUM's Livhuwani Mammburu says this will result in major job losses.

“It’s close to 40,000 [jobs on the line] if these IPP continue to be implemented. If the ANC-led government does not stop the implementation of these IPPs, our members in the energy sector have said they are not voting for the ANC come the 2019 elections.”