Friday, January 18, 2008

COSATU adds its voice to power cuts complaints

By Rhodé Marshall
18 January 2008

The Congress of South African Trade Unions says it shares the anger of South Africans at the enormous disruption the power cuts are causing to both their lives and the economy.

“COSATU shares with the people the anger caused by loadshedding and the effect it has not only to their personal lives but also to the economic future of the country where billions of rands are being lost in lost productions,” says COSATU spokesperson Patrick Craven.

He says that the electricity disruptions is causing a serious national embarrassment and is also impacting economic growth and job creation.

“We are particularly concerned at reports of discrimination in the way in which power cuts are being imposed, with much longer outages in poor communities than in the affluent formally white suburbs who have better access to the media through which to complain,” says Craven.

Craven added that the union accepts that Eskom is not to blame for the crisis the country now faces.

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