Can we afford to have a single entity raping our resources to this extent? Not only are we, the citizens, being ground down with debilitating power cuts and price increases, but these guys are paying a pittance, use as much as they like and collect their profits overseas! We, the citizens, are not allowed to move our money overseas even if we had enough so to do!In the midst of a national grid meltdownwhich closed the mining industry, BHP Billiton’s three aluminium smelters, powered entirely by Eskom, were up and running -- despite being some of South Africa’s greediest energy guzzlers. And the government appears determined to press ahead with establishing another massive smelter, the Rio Tinto Alcan plant, at Coega in the Eastern Cape. The combined energy consumption of BHP Billiton’s smelters -- the Hillside and Bayside plants in Richard’s Bay and the Mozal plant in Mozambique -- and the proposed Rio Tinto/Alcan smelter, will total 3 750MW.
Load shedding in recent weeks hastypically run at about 3 000MW, while the proposed Medupi power station in Limpopo will create 4 700MW of generating capacity at a cost of R79-billion. Billiton says its plants employ a total of 10 000 workers, including contractors, while the Coega smelter will create 1 000 permanent jobs in addition to 6 000 jobs in the construction phase, according to Earthlife Africa. The total mining industry workforce stands at about 400
What the hell is going on here? Who are the REAL piggies with their snouts in the trough?