COSATU Tshwane Cluster statement on Eskom’s threats to cut off power supply to the City of Tshwane

The Congress of South African Trade Unions(COSATU) in Tshwane notes Eskom’s threats to disconnect the City of Tshwane’s electricity after numerous failed attempts to recover the outstanding debt of R1.6 billion. As much as we understand the frustrations Eskom has due to the city’s inability to settle its arranged payment, COSATU Tshwane is not in support of this notion.

It is public knowledge that Eskom is currently under financial strain and is trying to recover outstanding debt from municipalities, government bodies, households and other business entities. To cut power supply to the City of Tshwane would be extreme, totally unfair and inconsiderate to the livelihood of individuals living in the country, particularly in the city.

The power cut would be detrimental to businesses that depend on electricity supply and therefore decrease the overall production that contributes to the city’s economy. This would inevitably increase the probability of adding more pressure to an already strained economy that is battling with high numbers of poverty, inequality and unemployment.

COSATU Tshwane stands in solidarity with the working class, business establishments and community members who will be negatively affected by the massive power cuts that might take place should Eskom continue with its plan to disconnect the city from the grid.

We further call on the City of Tshwane to engage Eskom and negotiate an arrangement for repayments to avoid this drastic step.  


Issued by COSATU Tshwane Cluster

Thomas Hlongwane
Tshwane Cluster Chairperson
083 436 3779

Thulisile  Msimang
Tshwane Cluster Secretary
072 174 6062