Eskom, South Africa’s power utility, plans to cut 7,000 jobs in five years

PUBLISHED: Thu, 23 Aug 2018 15:17:16 GMT

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa’s state-run power utility Eskom expects to have 7,000 less staff in five years from now, Marion Hughes a senior manager at the utility that is struggling to emerge from a financial crisis said on Thursday.

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Eskom employs 47,000 people and has powerful labour unions, some allied with the ruling ANC and others more militant, that have said they will resist attempts to cut the workforce and fight moves to privatise the company.

Reporting by Ed Stoddard; Editing by James Macharia