Saftu condemns CSR’s local content exemption request

The South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) says it is angered by the revelation that China South Rail (CSR) wants South Africa’s government to grant it an exemption from its local content obligations, worth R5.3-billion, as part of the conditions for it supplying new locomotives to State-owned transport utility Transnet. South African media on Friday reported that the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) had received a request from CSR for exemptions on its local content commitments but that its request had been declined.