Eskom says coal deliveries to its power stations will continue during the lockdown. A source with the National Union of Mineworkers says this will only be stockpiles and that its only members who are going to work will be those required for ‘care and maintenance’ operations when the mines shut.
Everything right now is about as clear as a lump of coal, but the fossil fuel will continue to supply Eskom during the lockdown, according to the utility’s spokesman Sikonathi Mantshantsha.
“All electricity production value chains are critical and an essential service. We’re giving our suppliers documents to secure their ability to produce and deliver,” Mantshantsha told Business Maverick.
A source with the National Union of Mineworker (NUM) who asked not to be named said this only applied to keeping Eskom supplied with stockpiles and that none of its members were going underground or into pits.
“Our position is that no mineworkers are allowed to go underground during the shutdown except for care and maintenance employees who are considered essential,” the source said. President Cryil Ramaphosa in his address to the nation on Monday, 24 March said that mining companies “will be required to make arrangements for care and maintenance”….
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