Court blocks 56 billion rand in South Africa renewable projects

Coal ash disposals in South Africa. The country's power mix has long been dominated by coal

Coal ash disposals in South Africa. The country's power mix has long been dominated by coal

Update at 12:05. The department of energy has said in a statement that the High Court in Pretoria did not on Monday night grant an interdict blocking the signing of the IPP agreements.

"Numsa believes that the signing of these contracts would be detrimental for the working class of Mpumalanga and the country as a whole", the union said in an emailed statement, referring to a coal-rich province that has many power plants.

"The signing of the IPP means that Eskom will require less coal-fired electricity".

The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa and Transform RSA filed court papers preventing the signing, which was scheduled for Tuesday in the wake of a statement from the energy minister last week.

Today was supposed to be the day South Africa's REIPPPP renewable energy programme got back on track, finalising PPAs for projects that had been left in limbo despite being offered deals as long ago as 2015 under tender rounds 3.5 and 4, after a long-running dispute with state utility Eskom put the entire process on hold.

Numsa said it joined the application with Transform RSA in order to protect the livelihoods of thousands of workers and their families. "This is likely to lead to the closure of the coal-fired power plants and the impact will be that at least 30,000 working class families will suffer because of job losses‚" the union said.

The union also claimed that the IPP roll-out would raise the cost of electricity dramatically.

NUMSA, which has differences with the ruling African National Congress, added: "The ANC government clearly wants to make the working class and the poor suffer even more than they do now".

NUMSA is a recognized trade union at Eskom, and we demand the opportunity to make submissions to NERSA, Eskom and the Energy minister on the IPP contracts and the implications for our members and their families.

The South African government has faced a new obstacle to the planned signing of 27 delayed renewable power purchase agreements (PPAs), as local organisations have turned to the high court with a request for an urgent interdict. They were attempting to impose this deal on us without consultation, but we stopped them! We are confident that the court will recognize that our rights have been violated and will look favorably on our application.

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