Skip to content

South Africa Labor Minister to Oppose Any Eskom Sale Plan

  • Privatization of utility will see poor go without power
  • Solution to energy crisis must be found before 2024 election
Thulas Nxesi

Thulas Nxesi

Photographer: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg
Updated on

South Africa’s labor minister said he’ll oppose any move to privatize the beleaguered power utility Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd., as it struggles to generate power, avoid outages and repay $23 billion of debt.

Privatizing the company would be detrimental to the poor, Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi said in an interview. While President Cyril Ramaphosa’s government has previously denied any plans to sell the company, there have been calls to divest from the asset. S&P Global Ratings said privatization may be the best option to resolve the power crisis in Africa’s most-industrialized nation.