Ramaphosa's Eskom plans receive backlash from trade unions and ANC members

Ramaphosa's Eskom plans receive backlash from trade unions and ANC members

- The president's proposals to overhaul the power utility have come under fire

- Trade unions have spoken out against his proposed unbundling of Eskom, while some in his own party have argued against privatisation

- This comes after Ramaphosa's announcement that he would take immediate action to address the energy crisis

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Cyril Ramaphosa's plans to reform Eskom have already received a backlash.

ANC allies like the trade unions have pushed back against the proposed unbundling of the power utility, while some figures inside the president's own party have accused him of following the orders of international institutions like the World Bank.

This comes after Ramaphosa appointed a Cabinet committee to address Eskom's woes.

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The committee includes deputy presiden David Mabuza, as well as Transport Minister Blade Nzimande and Police Minister Bheki Cele. However, it too has come under fire.

Critics say many of the committee members lack the sufficient technical expertise to deal with the energy crisis.

Additionally, some ANC members, including secretary-general Ace Magashule, have openly opposed the idea of privatising Eskom - a move which has not been officially proposed, but which some have suggested may be on the cards following the unbundling.

This follows reports that Ramaphosa is being pressure by the World Bank to privatise the power provider, according to News24. Otherwise, the World Bank may stop lending to Eskom, Briefly.co.za learned.

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Trade unions like Cosatu have echoed Magashule's resistance to privatisation. They say this will result in higher electricity prices, as well as job losses.

Cosatu, which has long been one of the ANC's closest allies, even threatened to withdraw their electoral support for the party if the move went ahead.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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