President Jacob Zuma this week repeated his cure-all defence for Eskom’s lack of electricity capacity: the South African power system was designed for a white minority.
Dewald van Rensburg
The World Economic Forum’s (WEF) annual meeting in Davos this week is almost universally viewed as important – although many would be hard pressed to explain why.
The National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) believes it has managed to outmanoeuvre the employers that rejected last year’s wage deal and countered with lengthy lockouts of Numsa members
Eskom has finally abandoned its “lights on at all costs” policy – and not a moment too soon for its beleaguered, aging power plants.
Eskom is like a car that has been kept running without a service until it breaks down, says the power utility’s CEO Tshediso Matona.
This year will be remembered for the longest and most expensive strike in SA’s history. Dewald van Rensburg takes a look at the platinum strike and other developments that made waves in the labour sector.
Eskom-bashing will escalate next year after the state-owned power utility this week made a point of denying that there is a “crisis” – and simultaneously warning that last week’s extreme levels of load shedding are likely to take place throughout February and March.
South Africa’s collective bargaining system fended off another challenge this week, safeguarding for now the beleaguered Metals and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council (MEIBC), which sets wages in much of the manufacturing sector – and underpins the powerful role of the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) in the economy.
The Kelvin Power Station in Kempton Park is being sold for the fifth time since it became South Africa’s first experiment in privatising power generation in 2001.
It is better to cut power than to drive Eskom into bankruptcy or let the snowballing power plant failures destroy parts of the power system.
The R11 billion merger announced this week between Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Shanduka and Pembani Group has complicated Ramaphosa’s exit strategy from the group.
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I run because I run, and lately it feels like I’ve been running for my life.
From the corridors of Parliament to the beautiful plains of Giyani, the notion of a rainbow nation is sung out as an obvious reality.
Former president Thabo Mbeki made a promise to the world in July 2008.