Cosatu objects to Eskom board changes

2011-06-11 08:09

Cape Town - The Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) has called on Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba to suspend appointments to the Eskom board until proper consultation has taken place.

Cosatu is a key ally of the ruling African National Congress (ANC), but has often expressed its displeasure or differed strongly with it.

Cabinet made the announcements of the changes to the boards of national electricity generator Eskom and armaments manufacturer Denel on Thursday.

On Friday, Gigaba said the changes were necessary to ensure that these state-owned enterprises would follow the agenda of the developmental state.

"It is absolutely unacceptable that the minister of public enterprises should unilaterally make appointments to such an important public utility, without consulting the main stakeholders, including the NUM (National Union of Mineworkers), other trade unions within Eskom, and Cosatu itself," the union's statement read.

It went on to say that Cosatu called on Gigaba to suspend the appointments to allow for a proper process of consultation with all stakeholders.

"The same principle must be applied when making appointments to the senior positions of all parastatals and other important public bodies," Cosatu said.

It said the federation endorsed the comment by NUM general secretary Frans Baleni that: "What we are raising is a matter of principle. We have always said that 'nothing about us without us' will be allowed and we are drawing the line."

  • Serias - 2011-06-11 08:17

    The unions will be the downfall of this country. Rather concentrate on what they should be doing, they stick their noses in where they shouldn't.

      WiseOwl2 - 2011-06-11 11:05

      Whos running this country ??????? God help should an Alien land in Africa, what will he tell his fellow aliens about our planet ?????

      saabnut - 2011-06-11 11:21

      I agree- they cannot even get their members to strike peacefully, and yet want to have a more resonsible say higher up the ladder at the same time. COSATU is just another gravy train with it's senior members living the high life and actually not giving a hoot about the poor. They just disguise their intentions by hopping on the odd sensitive bandwagon, but then go and mobilise their blind sheep to vote repeatedly for corruption...

  • Marcxt500 - 2011-06-11 08:18

    Theyb wanted to appoint a PALE MALE to run the place properly... but COSATU (the ruling party) said no.

  • onetickie - 2011-06-11 09:02

    Eskom is state owned so on principle they will only appoint affirmative action people despite the chaos its caused both with power-cuts and financial bankruptcy. The unions are not interested in service delivery, they just want to see BEE and the continued disaster this policy has proved. This government has absolutely no idea how to govern a country; their track record for the past 17 years says it all.

  • USSA - 2011-06-11 09:12

    COSATO should encourage their members and management to do some work for once. After all, that is what THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO BE DOING, but they prefer to strike, COMPLAIN and play politics.

  • Naicker Patrick - 2011-06-11 09:55

    When the white man was the government the black cried"we want power". When they got power as the government of the day, now the balck man and the white man cries ' WE WANT POWER, WHERE IS THE POWER, IT IS ESKOM THAT CUTS OUR POWER TO SAVE MONEY TO FEED THE CORRUPT POLITICIANS." Some employees of Eskom get a golden hand shake when they are corrupt. All what they need is hard kick on their backsides instead of a golden hand shake.

  • SYLVERSTAR - 2011-06-11 10:06


  • YES - 2011-06-11 11:39

    It looks like Cosatu and its affilates have still not overcome the gut administration dispenseed at all tiers of governance in this country as a result of cadre deployment. I dont see how would involvement of Cosatu be able to change a mindset that has ruined the countrty to what it is today. As matters stand, Cosatu still owe us an explanation about the former Minister of Women, Youth Children and People with Disabilities, who was Cosatu's Vice President and deployee in Government? It is this kind of conduct by bodies such as Cosatu that has contributed to poor administration in the government.

  • Tthe Mekon - 2011-06-11 11:57

    Cosatu needs to be put in its place, they do not rule the country and only represent a minority of its citizens, also very possibly have noe idea what the requirements are for an ESKOM board member

  • tony.antunes2 - 2011-06-26 15:44

    Nothing could be better than black institutions to watch over and or work together with black institutions. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. Moderation and balance is key. The sooner the blacks start focusing on their own issues and solutions, the sooner apartheid will be where it really truly deeply belongs...In the PAST.

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