Intense efforts to end strike threat
Posted: 25 May 2010 Time: 10:05 am
This week will see intense efforts to end the strike by transport workers, which is threatening to spread, casting a shadow over the success of the World Cup in South Africa.
"We shall certainly not drop our demands because of the World Cup. We are the greatest fans of Bafana but we will not let the bosses and their media blackmail us into surrendering our right to take action in defence of our jobs," Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi has said. Cosatu said it would allow its affiliate, the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union, to have the last word on the strike and had urged the ANC to ask management at Transnet to review what it called its lucrative salary and bonus packages. The transport strike, which has cost billions of Rands already, comes as a Cosatu three-day central executive committee meeting starts in Johannesburg today. The meeting will discuss putting the final touches to Cosatu's proposals for an alternative growth path, which is likely to be the subject of intense debate in the tripartite alliance in July and in the government, when the Cabinet holds its midyear lekgotla. Broadcast Centre ready The new International Broadcast Centre is ready to transmit images of the 2010 FIFA World Cup to billions of viewers around the world. The delivery of the IBC is part of the 17 guarantees made to FIFA by the South African government. The centre is strategically situated in Nasrec - south of Johannesburg - a stone throwaway from the Soccer City Stadium and Safa House. The centre will be opened officially on June 2. Eskom promises no power cuts Eskom is confident that they will provide enough power for the World Cup next month and that there will be no electricity cuts. "We are confident that Eskom will be able to deliver sufficient bulk electricity supplies ensuring reliable power supply during the 2010 FIFA World Cup," says Erica Johnson, Eskom Chief Officer of Customer Network Business. "Despite being very tight - there has been no load shedding since May 2008. As intended, plant performance has been maintained at a stable level and the required level of generation plant availability and reliability has been achieved to meet customers' electricity demands," she added.