UASA Media Release: 8 July 2022
Statement by Abigail Moyo, spokesperson of the trade union UASA:
The disastrous situation at Eskom has left South Africa on verge of economic collapse.
UASA is in agreement with other organisations calling for the crisis to be declared a national disaster to facilitate swift intervention and solutions to the crisis. The time for zero tolerance has arrived to save the country and its economy. Maladministration and load shedding can no longer be tolerated.
Businesses have suffered huge losses since stage 4, 5 and 6 load shedding schedules were introduced while cash-strapped households are forced to pay for alternative power supplies on top of the increased electricity tariffs approved by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) and the municipalities.
Eskom CEO André de Ruyter’s plan to bring back experts and knowledgeable ex-employees to help save the power utility should bear fruit, however, UASA believes that more can be done to save the power supplier. What is Eskom’s long-term plan after the experts and former employees manage to get operations back on track?
Maladministration and corruption were the biggest factors in creating the disaster the once powerful Eskom is today.
UASA urges De Ruyter and entity stakeholders to:
- Continue correcting the maladministration issues at the entity.
- Work with experts to service and maintain the Eskom infrastructure proactively.
- Pressure municipalities that owe Eskom money to pay up as this will provide the financial boost the company so desperately needs.
- Continue with its restructuring process. If a new team and plan is what it takes to bring back order and efficiency, then it must be done.
A developmental, transparent, honest and capable team can restore Eskom to its former glory as a power utility that can and will serve the people of South Africa. South African deserve no less.
For further enquiries or to set up a personal interview, contact Abigail Moyo at 065 170 0162.