The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) can confirm that yesterday, Tuesday 18 March 2019, met with State President Cyril Ramaphosa who was accompanied by Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan and Energy Minister Jeff Radebe. The meeting was held at the union’s head offices in Johannesburg. It is important to note that the NUM will still need to consult with its Eskom members on the contents of the meeting and discuss a way forward. The three-hour meeting with the President and the Ministers came to a result of resolutions that were taken earlier this month by thousands of frustrated Eskom workers.
The NUM would like to categorically state that the meeting with the President yesterday was productive and brought some elements of hope. Going forward, there will be an open dialogue on issues affecting workers, and that will accommodate every stakeholder. Most importantly, the NUM is relieved after being assured by the President that no jobs will be lost in the process of unbundling and that the power utility will remain 100% state-owned. The President also assured the NUM that going forward, stakeholders will be taken along or consulted when major decisions are taken. Lastly, the NUM Eskom members will still go ahead with their planned march to ANC headquarters Luthuli House on the 30th of March 2019.