People who are disappointed with the ANC don't see opposition parties as offering an alternative, writes Mbhazima Shilowa.
Financial woes and fights for access to resources are some of the reasons unions are losing members.
Following a month without load shedding, Eskom warned that the power grid was again constrained due to "instability at several power stations due to acts of intimidation".
One of the three unions meeting on Friday with power utility Eskom has already rejected its latest wage offer, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.
Eskom says it is working to tackle weather woes that have damaged infrastructure and left parts of the country in the dark, while negotiations over wages with workers are continuing.
Eskom used diesel worth R102m for three days earlier this month during the industrial action by thousands of its employees to avoid a total blackout, says spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe.
Eskom spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe told SAfm's Stephen Grootesthat Eskom would continue to conduct unit maintenance where needed.
Talks between Eskom and unions are off to bad start, with the power producer reneging on its earlier agreement to include “high-powered” members in its delegation
An agreement was finally reached in the protracted public sector wage negotiations but at least one union, the Public Servants Association will not sign it.
The Public Servants Association is considering striking alone, following yet another postponement in the protracted wage negotiations with government.
Anglo American Platinum and the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union, who are preparing for new labour talks agree they don't expect major interruptions.
The Federation of Unions of South Africa said the United National Transport Union revised its demands downward ahead of talks with Gautrain management company on Sunday.
Eskom and worker unions remain locked in wage negotiations, alongside a warning from Numsa that a CCMA strike certificate might be considered if talks fail.
The power utility and unions are set to meet again on Friday to continue with long-running wage talks, after unions were sought a mandate on Eskom’s latest offer from their members.
Unions are expected to take Eskom's latest offer back to their members, but both are tight lipped on details.
Unions in wage talks with the power utility have have asked that Eskom negotiators be allowed to conclude deals without having to run all proposals past the utility's board.
Unions negotiating wage increases with Eskom say they have rejected the power utility's offer of a 4.7% increase, but are waiting to hear back about a list of issues presented to the utility.
Furious debates about whether to sign or dispute the latest public sector pay deal are now underway at all levels within Cosatu-affiliated public sector unions.
Cosatu unions have been accused of being in bed with "the employer" – government – and have threatened to exclude the PSA from further negotiations.
The deadlock in the Eskom wage negotiations has been broken following a 14-hour marathon wage negotiation process, averting a potentially costly strike for the economy.
The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Workers says mines can't threaten them with job cuts as wage talks loom.
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