"Further, while such review applications are possible, they will undoubtedly have serious implications and quite probably result in harm to a number of persons, including potentially the affected employees, contractors and public at large which will be hard to quantify and redress".
Claims that non-governmental organisations successfully managed to stop the signing of power purchase agreements between Eskom and 27 independent power producers are false.
Breytenbach, said they had not anticipated the urgent application brought to the Gauteng High Court in Pretoria last night, by the National Union of Metal Workers of South Africa (Numsa) and Transform SA, which had caught them off-guard.
The 27th of March 2018 has been set aside for a full hearing of this matter at the North Gauteng High Court.More news: Southern California Residents Ordered to Evacuate Amid Mudslide Fears
The court found that our application meets the standard for urgency and therefore granted us the interdict. "All stakeholders should be afforded an opportunity to engage with Eskom, Nersa and the minister on these issues", the union and Transform RSA, a civil-society group, said in the application.
Numsa estimates that the closure of Eskom's power stations as a result of the renewable projects would affect at least 30,000 families.
The IPP roll out will raise the cost of electricity dramatically, because IPP's cost much more than coal fired electricity.
But Numsa disagrees. "The ANC government clearly wants to make the working class and the poor suffer even more than they do now", Numsa said.More news: 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' Reboot Just Needs Joss Whedon, Says Fox Head
"Electricity prices will skyrocket because of the IPP roll-out; while at the same time that Value-Added Tax and the fuel price are going up, workers are being paid slave wages of R20 per hour and less". The 27 projects include wind, solar photovoltaic (PV) and concentrated solar power (CSP) technologies. Extracting fossil fuels from underground is a "resource play". Eskom uses coal for about 90 per cent of its generation. The utility favored a nuclear-build program at the time and maintained a standoff on what was once a successful program by the Department of Energy to diversify South Africa's power mix and bring in billions in foreign investment.
An urgent court interdict was granted overnight to temporarily prevent Eskom from signing a deal that unions believe will lead to job losses and an increase in electricity prices.
Radebe said the signing of the 27 projects will enable ZAR56 billion of new investment in the economy over the next two to three years. Moreover, the union says that renewable energy would boost electricity prices.More news: Trailer released of Varun Dhawan's upcoming film 'October'