19 August 2023
The South African Municipal Workers’ Union (SAMWU) acknowledges the recent statement released by the Executive Mayor of the City of Tshwane, Councillor Cilliers Brink, during his visit to Rooiwal Power Station, regarding the future of both Rooiwal and Pretoria West Power Stations.
The City of Tshwane has clearly articulated its intention to lease the two power stations to a private service provider for a duration of 40 years, with the aim of generating a minimum of 1000 megawatts. SAMWU has consistently provided suggestions to the employer to ensure the effective operation of these power stations.
While we appreciate any additional megawatts contributed to the grid to alleviate load shedding, we cannot overlook the negative experience associated with the Kratos unsolicited bid saga. It is disappointing that the City chose to engage with the media before consulting with labor representatives and the affected employees.
As a progressive Union, SAMWU recognizes the authority vested in the Council concerning the leasing of municipal assets. We therefore call for adherence to the following principles:
1. An open and transparent process that adheres to the Municipal Finance Management Act (MFMA), especially section 14.
2. Consultation with labor on the outcomes of section 78 reports.
3. Ensuring that there are no identified or favored service providers.
4. A commitment from the Council to provide proper oversight throughout the process.
5. A guarantee that no jobs will be lost in the transition.
Issued by SAMWU Gauteng Province
Gauteng Provincial Secretary
083 941 5888
Tshwane Regional Secretary
072 601 8876