ESKOM'S proposed tariff increases would be "the final nail in the coffin" for already-struggling farmers in the Eastern Cape. It could also lead to job losses, especially in manufacturing and mining, where electricity is a major resource.
In addition, farming industry insiders believe further power tariff increases could lead to South Africa losing its self-sufficiency in terms of food production and see the country mainly importing food.
Today, the metalworkers' union – fearing job losses and high inflation – will lead protests around the country against Eskom's proposed 16% hike every year for the next five years.
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