Trucker drivers: Renewable energy will lead to job losses

Trucker drivers: Renewable energy will lead to job losses

Truck drivers say they are protesting against Eskom's plans to use more renewable energy and less coal.

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The truckers say this will result in massive job losses.


According to the Coal Transport Forum's Mary Phadi they will be gathering in Marabastad this morning, where after a convoy will make its way to the Union Buildings.


"We have not blockaded any roads. The trucks are driving at a slow place enroute to Marabastad," she says.

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Phadi added that they will be handing over a memorandum at the Union Buildings.

"The signing of the Independent Power Producer agreement will result in more than 30 000 job losses as well as the closure of mines in Mpumalanga," she says.

Phadi adds that the Coal Transportation Forum represents 52 companies and with 100 trucks that are expected to make their way to Marabastad, causing traffic backlogs on all major routes leading into the City of Tshwane.


Meanwhile, Eskom's Kulu Phasiwe says they have no choice as they were instructed to make use of renewable energy as part of their effort to reduce their carbon footprint.

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