The National Union of Public Service and Allied Workers (NUPSAW) is outraged with the non-stop blackouts that are worsening the conditions of the working class.

On Tuesday, 28 June 2022, the power utility Eskom, placed the country under stage 6 load-shedding, effectively stealing 6 hours of work time from the workers.

This is particularly damaging for workers who are paid for hours of work they’ve put in. Not to mention the fact that workers who have to wake up in the wee hours of the morning, have to use cold water in this teeth-chattering winter. Instead of taking full responsibility for the crisis, the Minister of Public Enterprises, Pravin Gordhan blamed aggrieved workers who are on strike – for the mess.

This power crisis will have a far-reaching impact on the small and medium-sized businesses, that are now the main drivers of employment.
The government through its austerity policies is cutting down on jobs together with big white monopoly businesses who are gearing towards digitising the workplace at the expense of the workers.

SMMEs were becoming the hope for the millions of unemployed South Africans. But now with Eskom failing to provide a secure and guaranteed power supply, those hopes have been dashed into a million pieces.

We hope that the working class community together with the entire voting population will remember this when they head to the National polls in 2024. This incompetence and sheer disregard for the well-being of the economy and the citizens at large must be punished in the upcoming elections.

As NUPSAW, we will mobilise the working-class community to openly express our displeasure with the current state of affairs. A mass plan of action will be rolled out in due course.